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A Copy of the Documents, &c. Respecting An Act of Parliament, Intitled, "An Act to encourage the Art of making New Models and Casts of Busts, &c." 38 Geo. III. 1798; Deposited In The Records Of The Royal Academy. To Which Is Added, A Copy Of A Letter Of Thanks From the Royal Academy to Mr. Garrard, Who, by the Liberal Assistance of his Friends, obtained this Law for the Benefit Of The Arts.

Royal Academy of Arts (London)

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Act to encourage the art of making new models and casts of busts


Published at Mr. Staunton's, 481, Strand,, London,: October, M.DCC.XCIX.

Physical Description

[ii], 25, [1] p.; 265 mm. (Quarto).


E. Croft-Murray, George Garrard (1961).
ESTC, T113531
S.C. Hutchison, 'The Royal Academy Schools 1768-1830', in Walpole Society, 38 (1960-2), p. 123-91 esp. p. 143-4.

Summary Note

The Act to secure the copyright of models arose - as Garrard explains in his introductory letter - from his exhibiting his models of a bull and a cow at the Royal Academy in 1795. The eleven documents collected here are chiefly correspondence between George Garrard and the Royal Academy from 1797 to 1799, but include the Petition presented to Parliament by Garrard, J. Bacon, C. Rosse and E. Coffin on 23 February 1797, a letter from the Board of Agriculture to the Duke of Bedford and Lord Egrement, 24 June 1797, the Paper laid before the Committee by the Duke of Bedford, Sir Henry Mildmay, S. Whitbread, H. Holland and W. Lock (no date), the Petition to the Commons by the same four (no date), and a letter from T. Erskine to G. Garrard, 28 April 1798.

Garrard had enrolled at the Royal Academy Schools in December 1778; and in 1784 Sir Joshua Reynolds bought one of his paintings. In 1800 Garrard became an Associate of the Royal Academy, where he exhibited many portraits and animal models. After his death the Academy paid his widow and daughter an annual pension.


An electronic reproduction was published in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). A microfilm version was published in 2001 (Woodbridge Conn.: Primary Source Microfilm [imprint of Gale Group]).


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Copy Note

The front endpaper is inscribed in ink, 'With Mr Garrards Compts. to Mr Burch' [i.e. the Librarian of the Royal Academy, Edward Burch, RA].

Binding Note

19th-century green cloth, spine lettered 'R.A. Copy Of Documents. 1799'.

Name as Subject


Models (representations) - Casts - Copyright - Public domain - Government - Laws - Campaigns - National government records - Great Britain - History - 18th century
Letters - Petitions - Documents - Great Britain - 18th century


George Garrard ARA
George Garrard ARA, previous owner, donor