Founders of the Society of Painters in Water Colours
- Greg Smith
Founders of the Society of Painters in Water Colours (act. 1804–1812), established the first of many specialized alternative institutions to the Royal Academy of Arts, concentrating on the promotion and sale of a fashionable new commodity: ‘the painting in water colours’. The sixteen founders, swiftly joined by a further eight full members and a second category of fellow exhibitors or associates, immediately attracted favourable critical notice, ready sales, and impressive attendance figures for their annual exclusive shows of watercolours....