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Founders of the Royal Academy of Artslocked

(act. 1768–1825)
  • Holger Hoock

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Founders of the Royal Academy of Arts (act. 1768–1825), established an institution that dominated Britain's artistic life for several generations—as an art school, exhibition society, and a prestigious and prosperous professional organization. They comprised thirty-six artists of widely varying backgrounds and abilities. According to the constitution, academicians had to be painters, sculptors, and architects, 'men of fair moral characters, of high reputation in their several professions', at least twenty-five years of age, resident in ...

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