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The Company of Artists: The Origins of the Royal Academy of Arts

This fascinating volume reveals the incredible origins of the Royal Academy of Arts and is a great way to learn more about this wonderful institution, which celebrates it 250th year in 2018. The book chronicles the meeting between the Academy's founders and George III, the immediate aftermath and establishment of the RA and the personalities involved.
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Dimensions 19 x 25 x 2.5cm
Fabric & material Hardback
No. of Pages 192
SKU 02080142

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Service Update (updated 19 March 2020)

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Product story

The Company of Artists: The Origins of the Royal Academy of Arts in London provides an in-depth look at the early days of the RA from its founding in 1768.

The insightful volume has been written by the Royal Academy's current Chief Executive, Charles Saumarez Smith.