Test your connoisseurship - Spot the Copy

May 30 2020

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Picture: The Wallace Collection & Sotheby's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

If you've ever envied the Wallace Collection's superb array of eighteenth century British Portraits, then here's your chance at getting the next best thing.

A rather pleasing copy of Hertford House's famous Portrait of Mrs Mary Robinson by Joshua Reynolds is coming up for sale in the upcoming Sotheby's NY Online sale. The impressive quality of the picture has warranted the attribution to 'Studio of Reynolds' with a very tempting estimate of $7,000 - $9,000.

If you want to challenge yourself in identifying which is the original and which is the copy, then here is a high-resolution image of the pictures side by side (without identifying them).

Once you've decided which is which, here are links to the Wallace Collection picture and the Sotheby's copy.

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