6 November 2009
In the Reynolds Room, a John Madejski Fine Room
The Great Room at the Royal Academy, by an unidentified wood engraver, Published by The Illustrated London News, 3 July 1869
The Royal Academy moved to Burlington’s town palace on Piccadilly in 1867 as part of the government’s ambition for a powerhouse of arts and sciences in the West End. Peter Schmitt, Surveyor to the Fabric for the past fifteen years, discusses how Sydney Smirke RA satisfied the institution’s needs by colonising the rear garden with the finest suite of galleries in London and inserted in the undercroft the Royal Academy Schools. Such was the popularity of this development that within ten years Richard Norman Shaw RA doubled the Schools’ studios and built an extension to the Main Galleries with a ‘Refreshment Room’ below reached by a sweeping secondary staircase.
RA; 6.30–8 pm; £10/£5 reductions (includes a drink)
This lecture series unveils the history of the Royal Academy’s home, Burlington House, with lectures and visits to hidden parts of the building.
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