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Abstract Of The Instrument of Institution and Laws Of The Royal Academy of Arts In London. - Established December 10, 1768. -

Royal Academy of Arts (London)

RA Collection: Book

Record number




: Printed By J. Cooper, Printer To The Royal Academy. -, M,DCC,XCVII.

Physical Description

39, [1], 13, [1] p.; 200 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Some copies [see ESTC] have 39, [1] pages only, i.e. lack the separately paginated 'Royal Academy. Laws And Regulations For The Students ...'.


[T.p.] - [Text] - [Divisional t.p., 'Royal Academy. Laws And Regulations For The Students. Rules And Orders Of The Schools And Library. And For The Exhibition.'] - [Text].


ESTC, T130877
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, 1768-1986 (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 C. Goldstein, Teaching Art: Academies and Schools from Vasari to Albers (1996).
A.W. Boschloo, Academies of art (1989); N. Pevsner, Academies of art (rev. 1973).

Summary Note

The 'Royal Academy. Laws And Regulations For The Students ...' have their own pagination and divisional title-page - but no imprint. The third paragraph on page 4 of the Laws And Regulations is a cancel pasted over the original text.

The first part is divided under the following headings: Academicians - Associates - Associate Engravers - President - Council - General Assembly - Officers (Secretary, Keeper, Treasurer, Librarian, Visitors) - Auditors - Funds Of The Academy - General Regulations - Professors (Painting, Architecture, Perspective, Anatomy) - Schools - Vacations - Library - Inspectors - Exhibition - Charity - Premiums - Elections - Servants.

The second part is divided under the headings: Students - Rules and Orders for the Antique Academy - Rules and Orders relating to the Schools of Design - Rules and Orders of the Library - Rules and Orders for the Exhibition.


A microfilm version was published in 2000 (Woodbridge, Conn.: Primary Source Microfilm [imprint of Gale Group]).


The title page and divisional title page are inscribed in ink, 'Ozias Humphry - R.A.' A preliminary leaf is inscribed in ink, 'Oz: Humphry. Esqr.', and in another hand (apparently that of J.H. Anderdon), 'purchased at Upcotts sale June 1846. vide autograph of Ozias Humphrey RA. on the title, also vide "Laws &c" the above being apparently written by Jno Richards RA Secretary to the RA.'

The front pastedown carries a 19th-century bookplate inscribed in ink, 'J.H.A. 18 June 1846.' and 'from Upcott's Collection'. The pastedown is inscribed in ink, 'Gift of Mr. J.H. Anderdon to The Library of The Royal Academy of Arts in London Nov 1878.'

Binding Note

20th-century half calf, grey cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Essays On Design And Royal Academy Gwynn', 'R.A.' and '1749-97'. Bound with others.

Name as Subject


Academies (organizations) - Societies - Associations - Schools - Students - Administration - Great Britain - London - History - 18th century
Manuals - Laws - Rules of procedure - Great Britain - 18th century


Joseph Cooper, printer
Ozias Humphry RA, previous owner
William Upcott, previous owner
James Hughes Anderdon, previous owner, donor
John Inigo Richards RA
Royal Academy of Arts (London), publisher