Joshua Reynolds


Reinterpreting and repositioning the legacy of Joshua Reynolds 300 years after his birth

An exhibition in Plymouth, near where Reynolds grew up, looks at the stories behind the society figures depicted in his portraits

Arts minister extends export ban (again) to help save Joshua Reynolds’s Portrait of Omai

The export deferral on the famed painting has been extended to 10 June, giving London’s National Portrait Gallery a few more weeks to work out a deal, possibly with the Getty

Could a deal with Getty Centre in Los Angeles save Joshua Reynolds’s Portrait of Omai for the UK?

As the painting’s export licence is due to expire, the Californian museum might step in to help keep it in the UK

Brazil turns 200—and its National Museum rises from the ashes

Plus, the £50m Joshua Reynolds painting and Michael Heizer’s City

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If the National Portrait Gallery buys the £50m Portrait of Omai, it would be wonderful to loan it to Tahiti for a period

Joshua Reynolds's painting of a Polynesian man who travelled to Europe is emblematic of the extraordinary meeting of European and Pacific cultures 250 years ago

Joshua Reynolds's £50m portrait of Polynesian celebrity Omai becomes joint-most expensive work to receive UK export ban

A buyer has until 10 July to start raising the funds to keep the 18th-century painting in the country—but it is unlikely any cash-strapped national museum can afford the hefty price tag

British government gives 11th-hour permission for Joshua Reynolds's Omai to leave UK

Assurances required from Rijksmuseum and Irish owner to promptly return celebrated portrait of Tahitian which Tate had tried to buy

Reynolds' experiments a real headache for conservators

Research project and show explain conservators’ difficulties with his techniques


What Tate paid for art 2004-06

A complete list of Tate's acquisitions from the last two years, and what they paid for them

Owner of Reynolds’ Portrait of Omai has also loaned Modigliani to Dublin’s National Gallery

Horse breeder John Magnier has given seven other paintings to the institution for at least six years—exempting him from tax should the works be sold


Final effort for Tate to save Reynolds’ Archers

The Tate continues to fiercely pursue their fundraising campaign in the hopes that this great work may remain in the UK


Omai to go on loan to Tate

Is this a prelude to its sale to the gallery?


Reynolds’ Portrait of Omai to remain in the UK, but in private hands

The painting which was bought at Sotheby's was banned from leaving the country - now what?

Acquisitions negotiations at Tate and The Armouries: You win some, you lose some

A mysterious donor gives the Tate £12.5 million to buy Reynolds’ Omai but the Armouries fail to get Lottery support for two armours

Britain may lose Omai (twice) and an exquisite Raphael

Tate and the National Gallery reverse longstanding softly, softly policy over purchases to try to retain masterpieces