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Letter from Nathaniel Hone, St James's Place, to F. M. Newton

RA Collection: Archive

Reference code

RAA/SEC/1/8

Title

Letter from Nathaniel Hone, St James's Place, to F. M. Newton

Date

14 Apr 1770

Level

Item

Extent & medium

1 piece, 3pp.

Previous reference codes

H 2, SB 7

Content Description

Hone questions the Council's decision to refuse to admit his painting ['The Two Monks Carousing'] to the exhibition on the grounds that the RA should be laid open to censure by the depiction of a painted wooden cross. The cross is not a crucifix, and the Council has failed to understand its use as satire. Hone will therefore not alter the painting. The letter also bears the draft reply of the President and Council [in Reynolds's hand]: they fail to see the satire that Hone describes and refuse to sacrifice religious considerations.