I remember reading an account of Sir Joshua Reynolds that left a lasting impression. From memory it had something to do with him as an older gent using an ear trumpet and appearing full of good humour.
The account was by the diary writer Frances Burney, famous for many things including her inside-court account of the madness of King George.
Initially she had met Sir Joshua Reynolds through her father, who then became one of her greatest supporters after her debut novel was released to overnight success. Pre-dating Jane Austen by about thirty years, her second novel contains the phrase Pride and Prejudice and has other indications that Austen may have been influenced by this earlier writer's work.
Anyway enough of this meandering, I could talk about Burney for a very long time, back to her observations of Reynolds.
By the time she was in her mid 30s she had accepted an appointment in the court of Queen Charlotte, which had resulted in a lack of freedom. On a rare trip out to witness the celebrated trial of Hastings she recorded being spotted in the gallery by Reynolds.
I perceived Sir Joshua Reynolds in the midst of the Committee! - he, at the same moment, saw me, also, and not only Bowed, but smiled and nodded, with his usual good-humour and intimacy: making at the same time, a sign to his Ear, by which I understood he had no Trumpet: whether he had forgotten, or lost it, I know not.