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Frances Reynolds, active in the later eighteenth century, was the author of poems (one printed), a published treatise on aesthetics, essays diary entries, and a memoir of Samuel Johnson which reached print years after her death. She was also a painter of miniatures, genre pieces, portraits, and history paintings. Yet she has the misfortune of being remembered mostly in context of the eminent men she knew, particularly her brother Sir Joshua Reynolds. Bibliographic Citation link.
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10 May 1729 FR was born at Plympton Erle in Devon, the youngest of eleven children who survived their birth.  Bibliographic Citation link.
By 21 July 1781 FR showed a draft of An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Taste and of the Origin of our Ideas of Beauty, &c to Samuel Johnson: he pressed her to publish it, but to revise it first. Bibliographic Citation link.
1785 FR privately printed her work of aesthetic theory, An Enquiry Concerning the Principles of Taste and of the Origin of our Ideas of Beauty, &c, in a limited edition of 250 copies,dedicated to Elizabeth Montagu. Bibliographic Citation link.
1 November 1807 FR died at her own house in Queen Square, London. Bibliographic Citation link.
Later 1831 "Most . . . but not all" Bibliographic Citation link. of FR's "Recollections of Dr. Johnson" was printed by John Wilson Croker in his edition of Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson, as one of the "numerous additions" Bibliographic Citation link. promised on the title-page. Bibliographic Citation link.
1897 FR's "Recollections of Dr. Johnson", which had gone through several drafts in manuscript and reached print in part in 1831, was published in its entirety in George Birkbeck Hill's Johnsonian Miscellanies. Bibliographic Citation link.
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