Graham Reynolds

October 24 2013

Image of Graham Reynolds

Picture: The Times

Sad news in The Times that the art historian Graham Reynolds, for decades the leading authority on Constable, has died. I never met him, but regularly used, and was in awe of, his various books. He was also an expert on English portrait miniatures.

Update - artist and print-maker Miranda Mott, who knew Graham Reynolds from her work at Gainsborough's House in Sudbury, writes:

I was investigating further details of Graham's work online, following his excellent Times obituary, when I came across your name as editor of Art History News.  The extensive piece published in yesterday's paper left no room to  mention yet another role, after he retired from the V&A,  as chairman of the Gainsborough's House Society governors. It was due entirely to Graham and his artist wife Daphne, who brought it all together, that we were able to launch the successful Print Workshop in the old Coach House at Gainsborough's birthplace museum in Sudbury.

It opened in 1979, towards the end of Graham's chairmanship, and brought into being an unusual partnership between living artists and art historians under the same umbrella, where they belong - all artists are history in the end !

We published a short history of this Workshop last year, which I edited and to which Graham contributed, to celebrate its thirty years existence, financed with a special hardback edition in a slipcase - which virtually sold out before an exhibition about its artists in the House gallery. The paperback version is on sale in aid of Gainsborough's House.

John and I knew both Reynolds very well, and saw a great deal of Graham over these past years since Daphne died in 2002. The remarkable breadth of his mind - he was a trained economist among other things and was an inexhaustible reader - meant too that he and John shared interests in the machinations of the Thatcher government, and of Whitehall, which Graham had experienced himself in the war and via the V&A. His mind was unaffected right to the end.

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