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A Little History & Royal Academy A-Z

These two books provide both a light-hearted gaze into the weird and wonderful moments in the history of a unique and vibrant institution, and a concise introduction to the history of the Royal Academy of Arts, a pioneering institution celebrating its 250th anniversary in 2018.

Limited availability.

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Delivery & returns information

Service Update (updated 19 March 2020)

We want to make sure your order reaches you as safely as possible. Therefore, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, all orders will be dispatched once the RA has reopened. We will be in touch once the RA has reopened and once your order has been dispatched. 

During this period our Returns Policy will be extended. For any order queries, please Contact Us

Free UK delivery on orders £50 and over

International delivery is based on weight and delivery country, and will be calculated at Checkout

Updated 19 May 2020

We are delivering! Enjoy free shipping on orders above £50. £5.95 P&P for orders below £50. International delivery will be calculated at Checkout. The Royal Academy is temporarily closed, Collection is not available at this time.

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Product story

A Royal Academy A-Z - Crammed full with quarrels and quibbles, triumphs and tragedies, rivalries, romances and resignations, this book is Illustrated with captivating images which reveal the scale and character of the RA’s collection.

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