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, Plan for forming an institution for the instruction of females in the Fine Arts

A Plan
For forming an Institution for the Instruction of
In the Fine Arts Viz.
Drawing and Painting in all the different Classes, Painting, Transparent
Painting, Decorating of Rooms, Painting on Glass, China, and Velvet, also in
all kind of Paste=board works, and Varnishing.
Under the Tuition of
Miss Johanna Serres
(Daughter of the Late Celebrated Dominick Seres Esqr. R.A.
Marine Painter to His Majesty)
And Able Assistant.

To enable those who are not in affluent circumstances to obtain a sufficient
Knowledge of Drawing, and to qualify them as Professors, or Governesses, in the
families of the Nobility, or Teachers in Schools, this Plan is chiefly intended
to accomplish
The advantage resulting from those additions to the Education of
Females, will be found of the utmost benefit to Society.
First as Governesses in families, by possessing a knowledge of Drawing,
they may instruct their Pupils in that Art, without the Aid of a Master,
Secondly, as Teachers in Schools the attendance of Masters may be dispenced
with, and the Scholars will acquire a more rapid proficiency in consequence
of a greater portion of their time being dedicated to each Lesson than a
Master can spare, Besides the Instructor being in the house, no Lessons can
be lost, which frequently occurs by the non-attendance of Professional
Lastly, is it not more prudent, that the Instructor in Female Seminaries
should be confined to their own Sex?

, Plan for forming an institution for the instruction of females in the Fine Arts

It may be argued that every person does not possess a taste for Drawing, to
which we willingly subscribe, and answer, that although this Establishment is
principally intended for such as do, yet it must be confessed that by a
determined application a knowledge sufficient for teaching the Elements
of any Art, or Science may be acquired.
The Institution, to be Supported by the Annual Subscription
of the Nobility and Gentry of the
United Kingdoms
Each Subscriber to pay Twenty Guineas pr Annum, one moiety to be paid at the
time of Subscribing, and the other Six month after, which entitles the Subscriber
to introduce Two Pupils, to receive Instructions at the Institution,
The hours of Instruction, Daily from 10 in the Morning till 3 OClock,
No Pupil to be admitted under the Age of 14.
An annual Exhibition will be made of the exertions of the Pupils, and in order to
create emulation, Premiums are proposed to be distributed to the three superior
degrees of merit, Silver Medal of different Value.
A House, proper for such an Establishment will be engaged as soon
as a certain number of Names are Subscribed. _
All Articles necessary for Drawing and Painting will be provided on the most
equitable terms_

Names of Subscribers
Admiral Savage. Author of the Royal Naval

, Plan for forming an institution for the instruction of females in the Fine Arts

We hereby certify that Miss Johanna Serres is fully
capable of iinstructing Young Ladies in the various
branches of At mentioned in this Paper_
Benjn West P.R.A.
W:Beechey R.A.
James Ward R.A.
John Flaxman R.A.
RRReinagle R.A.

Novbr 23d 1814.

Plan for forming an institution for the instruction of females in the Fine Arts

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Plan for forming an institution for the instruction of females in the Fine Arts


23 Nov 1814



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To provide tuition, under Miss Johanna Serres in "drawing and painting in all the different classes, painting, transparent painting, decorating of rooms, painting on glass, china and velvet, also in alls kinds of paste-board works and varnishing."

States that the hope is to furnish teachers and governesses trained in the arts. The institution to be supported by subscribers from the gentry at 20gs annually.

The only name on the list of subscribers is "Admiral Savage, author of the Royal Naval Seminary".

On the back of the document several artists have certified that Johanna Serres is fit to instruct young ladies, these being, Benjamin West, P.R.A., William Beechey, R.A., James Ward, R.A., John Flaxman, R.A. and John Flaxman, R.A..

Acquisition Details

Presented by Miss Margaret Bone, May 1949.