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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.
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Dimensions 26.7 x 2.2 x 22cm
Medium Print with Book
SKU 02081579

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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. 

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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.