A Little History of the Royal Academy

A concise introduction to the history of the Royal Academy of Arts, a pioneering institution celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2018.

Packed with illustrations, this little book condenses the history and events that have influenced one of Britain's most significant cultural institutions.

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Dimensions 19 x 13cm
Fabric & material Hardback
No. of Pages 104
SKU 02086856

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From the eighteenth century to the twenty-first, the Royal Academy of Arts in London has occupied an outstanding, sometimes controversial and always unique position in the art world. Its Annual Exhibitions, now known as the Summer Exhibitions, have seen artistic reputations rise and fall, and its permanently popular international loan exhibitions have helped to shape the public’s appreciation of the visual arts.

As it celebrates its 250th year, the Academy continues to be overseen and run by artists. Packed with illustrations, this concise introduction to the Academy’s 250-year story considers the people, places and events that have made the Academy such a prolific institution.

Peter Sawbridge is Editorial Director at the Royal Academy of Arts.