Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 – 1792) was an English portrait painter, one of the major European painters of the 18th century, some say. “Grande Style” was his cup of tea, and hence, his portraits would smooth out imperfections in his models to present the ideal rather than reality. In fact, it appears that he often had others paint the clothing of his models for him, and that the actual model would not have to sit on those occasions: Someone else would wear the clothing that was to be in the painting.
Regardless, consider this beautiful portrait.
While there surely was a model who sat for this painting, it is rather a character study than “just” a portrait. In the eighteenth century, they would have referred to it as a “fancy picture”. It became immensely popular in its time, and does this surprise you much?
Incidentally, Reynolds also painted a portrait of Edward Cornwallis.