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Thaïs (painting)

Joshua Reynoldsre thais.jpg
ArtistJoshua Reynolds
MediumOil on canvas
LocationWaddesdon Manor

Thaïs is a portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds of the English courtesan Emily Warren in the guise of the hetaera Thaïs, mistress of Alexander the Great. It is in oil on canvas and measures 229 x 145 cm. She holds a burning torch and with the other hand exhorts Alexander and his followers to burn down Persepolis. Reynolds exhibited it at the Royal Academy in London in 1781.[1] It is now at Waddesdon Manor[2].

The painting was published as a print engraved by Franscesco Bartolozzi in 1792.[3]


  1. ^ "The Modern Apelles: Joshua Reynolds and the creation of celebrity" by Martin Postle in Martin Postle (Ed.) (2005) Joshua Reynolds: The creation of celebrity. London: Tate Publishing. pp. 29-30. ISBN 1854375644
  2. ^ Thaïs, Waddesdon Manor. Retrieved 7 Sept 2018. See also another page
  3. ^ page at Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts; image