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Picturing the family
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3.3 Limited positive characterization

The painted portrait was, however, perceived to be more than a mere ‘map of the face’. It was also meant to reveal aspects of the inner as well as the outer being.

Figure 10 This is a painting of Sir Joseph Banks
Image 10 Photographer/Painter: Sir Joshua Reynolds. Subject: Sir Joseph Banks (1743–1820), 1771–3.