A Royal Academy A-Z

A light-hearted gaze into the weird and wonderful moments in the history of a unique and vibrant institution.

Illustrated with captivating images which reveal the scale and character of the RA’s collection, from A-Z.

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Dimensions 17 x 10.5cm
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No. of Pages 60
SKU 02086850

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‘A’ is for Academicians and Anarchists, ‘B’ is for bread and Beef tea, ‘C’ is for a certain Cartoon by Leonardo...

With Maurice Davies and Annette Wickham as expert guides, discover a captivating history of the Royal Academy of Arts from A–Z. The A–Z digs into the Royal Academy archives to find letters and artefacts, which are reproduced alongside paintings, sketches and sculptures by some of Britain’s best-loved artists. Davies’s charming text brings to life a hidden RA: from George Stubbs’s equine dissections to the secret recipe for the infamous ‘beef tea’, which has fortified Academicians for generations.

Crammed full with quarrels and quibbles, triumphs and tragedies, rivalries, romances and resignations, this book provides a light-hearted look at the history of a unique institution as it celebrates its 250th anniversary.

Maurice Davies is Head of Collections at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. His previous roles include deputy director of the Museums Association, editor of Museums Journal, curator at Manchester Art Gallery and lecturer at Imperial College London. Annette Wickham is Curator of Works on Paper at the Royal Academy of Arts, London.