Reproduction Portrait of Capt William Bligh by sir joshua reynolds

PRESENTING a LOVELY Reproduction Portrait of Captain William Bligh by Sir Joshua Reynolds.


The Sitter is Vice Admiral William Bligh FRS Royal Navy …..Famous for ‘Mutiny on the Bounty’.

The sitter is posing in a seated position…resplendent in his ‘redcoat’ ….. breeches……ceremonial sword and hat on a table in front of him.

In a new frame that is sympathetic to the picture.

Some minor damage and repairs……but still a HIGHLY DECORATIVE painting !!

We believe it was part of the Ethan Allen Classic Collection.

The original painting is located in the Worchester Art Museum in the UK.

Vice-Admiral¬†William Bligh¬†FRS¬†(9 September 1754 ‚Äď 7 December 1817) was an officer of the¬†Royal Navy¬†and a colonial administrator. The¬†Mutiny on the Bounty¬†occurred during his command of¬†HMS¬†Bounty¬†in 1789; after being set adrift in¬†Bountys¬†launch¬†by the mutineers, Bligh and his loyal men all reached¬†Timor¬†alive, after a journey of 3,618 nautical miles (6,700¬†km; 4,160¬†mi).

Seventeen years after the¬†Bounty¬†mutiny, on 13 August 1806, he was appointed¬†Governor of New South Wales¬†in¬†Australia, with orders to clean up the corrupt¬†rum¬†trade of the¬†New South Wales Corps. His actions directed against the trade resulted in the so-called¬†Rum Rebellion, during which Bligh was placed under arrest on 26 January 1808 by the New South Wales Corps and deposed from his command, an act which the British¬†Foreign Office¬†later declared to be illegal. He died in London’s¬†West End, on 7 December 1817.

William Bligh was born on 9 September 1754, but it is not clear where. It is likely that he was born in¬†Plymouth,¬†Devon, as he was baptised at¬†St Andrew’s Church¬†on Royal Parade in¬†Plymouth¬†on 4 October 1754,[1]¬†where Bligh’s father, Francis (1721‚Äď1780), was serving as a customs officer. Bligh’s ancestral home of Tinten Manor near¬†St Tudy¬†near¬†Bodmin,¬†Cornwall, is also a possibility. Bligh’s mother, Jane Pearce (1713‚Äď1768), was a widow (n√©e Balsam) who married Francis at the age of 40.[2]¬†Bligh was signed for the¬†Royal Navy¬†at age seven, at a time when it was common to sign on a “young gentleman” simply to gain, or at least record, the experience at sea required for a commission. In 1770, at age 16, he joined HMS¬†Hunter¬†as an¬†able seaman, the term used because there was no vacancy for a¬†midshipman. He became a midshipman early in the following year. In September 1771, Bligh was transferred to¬†Crescent¬†and remained on the ship for three years.

In 1776, Bligh was selected by¬†Captain¬†James Cook¬†(1728‚Äď1779), for the position of¬†sailing master¬†of¬†Resolution¬†and accompanied Cook in July 1776 on Cook’s third voyage to the¬†Pacific Ocean, during which Cook was killed. Bligh returned to England at the end of 1780 and was able to supply details of Cook’s last voyage.

Bligh married Elizabeth Betham, daughter of a customs collector (stationed in Douglas, Isle of Man), on 4 February 1781. The wedding took place at nearby Onchan.[3] A few days later, he was appointed to serve on HMS Belle Poule as master (senior warrant officer responsible for navigation). Soon after this, in August 1781, he fought in the Battle of Dogger Bank under Admiral Parker, which won him his commission as a lieutenant. For the next 18 months, he was a lieutenant on various ships. He also fought with Lord Howe at Gibraltar in 1782.

Between 1783 and 1787, Bligh was a captain in the merchant service. Like many lieutenants, he would have found full-pay employment in the Navy; however, commissions were hard to obtain with the fleet largely demobilised at the end of the War with France when that country was allied with the North American rebelling colonies in the¬†War of American Independence¬†(1775‚Äď1783). In 1787, Bligh was selected as commander of His Majesty’s Armed Transport¬†Bounty. He rose eventually to the rank of¬†vice admiral in the Royal Navy. William Bligh’s naval career involved various appointments and assignments. He first rose to prominence as Master of¬†Resolution, under the command of Captain James Cook. Bligh received praise from Cook during what would be the latter’s final voyage. Bligh served on three of the same ships on which¬†Fletcher Christian¬†also served simultaneously in his naval career.


Sir Joshua Reynolds¬†PRA¬†FRS¬†FRSA¬†(16 July 1723 ‚Äď 23 February 1792) was an English painter, specialising in¬†portraits.¬†John Russell¬†said he was one of the major European painters of the 18th century.[1]¬†He promoted the¬†“Grand Style”¬†in painting which depended on idealization of the imperfect. He was a founder and first president of the¬†Royal Academy of Arts, and was¬†knighted¬†by¬†George III¬†in 1769.

Reynolds was one of the earliest members of the¬†Royal Society of Arts, helped found the¬†Society of Artists of Great Britain, and in 1768 became the first president of the¬†Royal Academy of Arts, a position he was to hold until his death. In 1769, he was¬†knighted¬†by¬†George III, only the second artist to be so honored.[22]¬†His¬†Discourses, a series of lectures delivered at the Academy between 1769 and 1790, are remembered for their sensitivity and perception. In one lecture he expressed the opinion that “invention, strictly speaking, is little more than a new combination of those images which have been previously gathered and deposited in the memory.” William Jackson in his contemporary essays said of Reynolds ‘ there is much ingenuity and originality in all his academic discourses, replete with classical knowledge of his art, acute remarks on the works of others, and general taste and discernment’.[23]

Reynolds and the Royal Academy received a mixed reception. Critics included¬†William Blake¬†who published the vitriolic¬†Annotations to Sir Joshua Reynolds’ Discourses¬†in 1808.¬†J. M. W. Turner¬†and¬†James Northcote¬†were fervent acolytes: Turner requested he be laid to rest at Reynolds’ side, and Northcote, who spent four years as Reynolds’ pupil, wrote to his family “I know him thoroughly, and all his faults, I am sure, and yet almost worship him.”

The Royal Academy of Art in London celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2018, since its opening in 1768. This became an impetus for galleries and museums across the UK to celebrate “the making, debating and exhibiting art at the Royal Academy”.[24]¬†Waddedson manor was amongst the historic houses that supported Sir Joshua Reynolds’s influence at the academy, acknowledging how:

[He] transformed British painting with portraits and subject pictures that engaged their audience’s knowledge, imagination, memory and emotions… As an eloquent teacher and art theorist, he used his role at the head of the Royal Academy to raise the status of art and artists of Britain.


Reproduction Portrait of Captain William Bligh by Sir Joshua Reynolds.

Provenance: Bought at Auction in the USA

Dimensions: 33″ x 27″

Condition: Some repairs.

Price Now: $350

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