(United Kingdom 1733–1810)
50.8 x 71.8cm platemark
The setting is the Life Room of the Academy, at that time situated in a disused royal apartment in Somerset House, on the Strand. Sir Joshua Reynolds, president of the newly formed institution, stands to the left of centre, holding his silver ear trumpet. Zoffany sits at the extreme left, brush and palette in hand. The Academy's two female members, Angelica Kauffman and Mary Moser, are represented by portraits hanging on the wall. Their physical presence in the room would have been prevented by the two nude male models.
Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006.