Reynolds lost sight in his left eye in 1789.

Look at the year attribution of his painting ‘Cupid and Psyche’ – [1].

Look at the shadow falling across Cupid’s face.

Compare Cupid’s nose, lips and hair colour to this Reynolds self-portrait painted aged twenty-four – [2].

Joshua_Reynolds_self_portrait_aged_around_24

A late life Reynolds painted himself as the boy Cupid.

Why?

 

 

References:

[1] http://courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/what-on/exhibitions-displays/archive/the-courtauld-collects-20-years-of-acquisitions

[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Reynolds#Later_life