Happy Birthday Sir Joshua Reynolds!! Another Englishman for today, from 1723, Reynolds was a portrait painter. His father was the head of a grammar school, so education was important to Reynolds. He studied portrait painting with Thomas Hudson in London and then sailed to Italy where he studied the Renaissance masters. Finally settling in London as a portrait painter, Reynolds earned quite a name for himself. When the Royal Academy was founded in 1768, he was appointed the president. He was knighted in 1769. His portraiture often contained allusion and symbolism, setting it part from portraiture of the time. The Heads of Angels, included here today was painted in 1787, just 5 years prior to his death. Sadly, failing eyesight brought an end to his painting in 1789.