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Council minutes, vol. 28

RA Collection: Archive

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Council minutes, vol. 28


23 May 1944 - 23 Jan 1952



Extent & medium

1 vol., 542pp.

Content Description

Volume of minutes of the Council, including the following selected entries: discussion of the planned reopening of the Schools, 3 January 1946; the decision not to enter into an arrangement with The Daily Herald for a general reduced admission charge to the summer exhibition after 5.00 pm, 19 June 1947; the decision to try to obtain representation for the Royal Academy on the organising body of the Festival of Britain, 6 May 1948; the terms of a contract for executing a fountain in Sloane Square, London, under the Leighton Fund, 24 November 1949; report of Harold James Plenderleith, Professor of Chemistry, into the condition of the cartoon of ‘The Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist’, by Leonardo da Vinci, recommending that it be placed in the category of works not for loan, 13 June 1950; the publication of an attempt by Sir Alfred Munnings, former President, to defame the character and art of Stanley Spencer, 31 October 1950; discussion of the question of possible loans of works of art belonging to the Royal Academy, including the Tadei tondo [‘The Madonna and Child with the Infant St John’] by Michelangelo Buonarroti, 12 December 1950; the decision to ask Stanley Spencer to relinquish his seat on Council in view of his continued absence, 15 May 1951; report on the duties of the Secretary, following the request of the holder of the post, Sir Walter Lamb, to be allowed to retire, 29 May - 19 June 1951; and discussion of the dissatisfaction of the Keeper, Henry Rushbury, with the conduct of the Royal Academy’s affairs by the President, Sir Gerald Kelly, 10 July 1951.