Nice to see you again! The RA Shop at Burlington House and the RA Shop online are now open.

For more information on our shops, customer service, updated terms and conditions and how we are keeping our visitors and staff safe, please click here. Welcome back.

Genius And Ambition

Delve into the history of the Royal Academy and its collections with this fantastic volume, showcasing the greatest works from the RA’s collections. Works by such significant figures as Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, J. E. Millais, J. W. Waterhouse and John Singer Sargent, are presented alongside masterpieces exhibited at Burlington House by Australians including George Folingsby, Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts. Genius and Ambition provides an intriguing overview of those artists who, through their involvement with the Royal Academy, shaped the history of British and Australian art.
Out of stock

More details

Dimensions 26.7 x 2.2 x 22cm
Fabric & material Paperback
Medium Print with Book
SKU 02081579

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.

For any questions talk to us

Product story

Genius and Ambition explores the RA from its foundation up until the First World War. It also covers its complex role in the history and teaching of art.

Founded in London in 1768 by a group of painters, sculptors and architects, the Royal Academy of Arts grew to become the primary maker of reputation and renown for artists from Britain and abroad. Over the centuries it also amassed an extraordinary collection of works by Royal Academicians, as well as a library of rare books, archives and artists’ private papers dating back to the mid-eighteenth century.