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.
“Blinking Sam” Johnson is the subject of today’s Google Doodle! The 18th-century English poet, essayist, critic, biographer, and author of the first comprehensive English dictionary was born on this day in 1709.
image: Joshua Reynolds, Samuel Johnson (detail), c. 1775, oil on canvas. On view in the Huntington Art Gallery.
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.