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Recollections Of The British Institution, For Promoting The Fine Arts in The United Kingdom: With Some Account Of The Means Employed For That Purpose; And Biographical Notices of the Artists who have received Premiums, &c. 1805 - 1859. By Thomas Smith, Author Of An Historical And Topographical Account Of The Parish Of St.-Mary-Le-Bone; Hand-Book To Harrow-On-The-Hill; Etc. [Epigraph]

Thomas Smith

RA Collection: Book

Record number



Variant Title

Recollections of The Rise and Progress of The British Institution


London:: Simpkin & Marshall, Stationers' Hall Court; And Edward Stanford, 6, Charing Cross., MDCCCLX.

Physical Description

[12], 231, [1] p.; 220 mm. (Octavo.)


[Half-t., t.p., dedic.] - Contents - Books Of Reference Consulted ... - Preliminary Remarks - [Text] - Addenda - Index; Obituary; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The printer is named on the verso of the title page and in the colophon: 'Westminster: Printed By Thomas Brettell, Rupert Street, Haymarket.'

The work is dedicated by Thomas Smith to Beriah Botfield.


P. Fullerton, 'Patronage and pedagogy: the British Institution in the early nineteenth century', in Art History, 5 (1982), p.59-72.

Summary Note

The publishers have given a variant half-title: 'Recollections of The Rise and Progress of The British Institution.'

The text gives an account of the aims and constitution of the British Institution, notices of its members and of some of the works exhibited at its exhibitions.

Binding Note

19th-century brown cloth, upper and lower covers decorated in blind, upper cover lettered 'Recollections Of The British Institution'; rebacked in 1989 by A. Wessely, spine lettered 'The British Institution'.

Name as Subject


Societies - Associations - Artists - Patronage - Sponsorship - Exhibitions - Art and society - Charitable societies - Charities - Great Britain - London - History - 19th century
Art history - Great Britain - 19th century