joshua reynolds

Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792)
“Cupid as a Link Boy” (1774)
Located in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, United States

A link boy was a boy who carried a flaming torch to light the way for pedestrians at night. Linkboys were common in London in the days before street lighting. The torch was often made from burning pitch and tow.

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Joshua Reynolds and Fashion

Ariadne. Sir Joshua Reynolds (English, 1723-1792). Oil on canvas.

Reynolds painted a number of so-called ‘subject pictures,’ in which he depicted his sitters in the guise of heroes and heroines from literature and mythology. The present sitter, once erroneously identified as Miss Elizabeth Ingram, is portrayed as Ariadne, a beautiful heroine of Greek mythology who is best known for helping Theseus overcome the Minotaur in Crete.