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Abstract Of The Constitution And Laws Of The Royal Academy of Arts In London. Established December 10, 1768.
The printer's name is repeated in the colophon of both parts.
For the history of the Royal Academy of Arts in London see J. Fenton, School of genius (2006); H. Hoock, The king's artists ... 1760-1840 (2003); S.C. Hutchison, The history of the Royal Academy (1986). A study of the Schools is A.D. Efland, 'The Schools of the Royal Academy', in British journal educ. stud., 21:1 (1973). On academies in general see A.W. Boschloo, Academies of art (1989); N. Pevsner, Academies of art (rev. 1973).
The section on the Laws is separately paginated and has its own title-page, which reads, 'Royal Academy of Arts In London. Laws, Relating To The Schools, The Library, And The Students. London: Printed By B. McMillan, Bow-Street, Covent-Garden, Printer To The Royal Academy. 1815.'
The first part is divided under the following headings: 1. Members; 2. Government of the Society; 3. Officers, and their Duties; 4. Household Establishment; 5. Elections; 6. Funds; 7. Privileges and Restrictions; 8. Exhibition; 9. Annual Dinner. The second is divided under the headings, 1. Admission of Students; 2. Schools; 3. Library; 4. Premiums; 5. Privileges of Students; 6. General Regulations; 7. Vacations.
The Notice reads, 'Every Student, on his admission, will be furnished with a copy of the Laws relating to the Schools, the Library, and the Students; with which Laws he is expected to make himself thoroughly acquainted, that he may at no time plead ignorance, in excuse for any violation of them.'
Although set as an octavo, this large paper copy has been printed as a quarto.
On the front pastedown is the engraved armorial book-plate of John Yenn RA incorporating the motto 'Confido'. Yenn served as treasurer of the Royal Academy from 1796 to 1820.
Contemporary early 19th-century crushed red roan, upper and lower covers stamped in gilt and blind with 16th-century style arabesque designs; gilt roll-tooled turn-ins and pale-blue silk-lined endpapers; gilt-tooled spine lettered 'Laws Of The Royal Academy In London 1815'.
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