Look at all the elements and action in Reynolds’ busy painting of Lady Cockburn and her Three Eldest Sons. Write a list of everything you can see.
Think about how Reynolds has turned a family portrait into one of grandeur. Within the scene, there is a macaw parrot. Where do these parrots come from? How did it come to be in England in the late 18th century?
Create a painting where you place an ordinary domestic object (for example, a cup and saucer) next to an object or an animal from a different country and culture. How does each subject have an impact on the other?