This is not only an act of justice, but in our decisions upon poetry especially, may conduce in a high degree to the improvement of our own taste: for an accurate taste in poetry, and in all the other arts, as Sir Joshua Reynolds has observed, is an acquired talent, which can only be produced by thought and a long continued intercourse with the best models of composition.
William Wordsworth -- Preface to Lyrical Ballads
The Collected Portraits of Sir Joshua Reynolds.
Dan Brown -- The Da Vinci Code
The reigning artists were the rivals Thomas Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds and the American Ben-jamin West, who did elegant portraits and historical scenes, rather than graphic renditions of the dark side of London life.