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Report Of The Commissioners Appointed To Inquire Into The Present Position Of The Royal Academy In Relation To The Fine Arts; Together With The Minutes Of Evidence. - Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty. -

Great Britain - Parliament

RA Collection: Book

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Variant Title

Royal Academy Commission. Appendix And Index


London: Printed By George Eyre And William Spottiswoode, Printers To The Queen's Most Excellent Majesty. For Her Majesty's Stationery Office. -, 1863.

Physical Description

2 vols.; 237 mm. (Octavo.)

Series Title


General Note

Vol. I: xxiii, [3], 557, [3] p. - Vol. II: 160 p.


Vol. I: [T.p.] - Contents - Commission - [Text, 'Report'] - [Divisional t.p., 'Minutes Of Evidence'] - [Text] - [Colophon]. - Vol. II: [T.p.] - Contents - Appendix [nos. 1-30] - Index; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The printers' names are repeated in the colophons.


J. Fenton, School of genius (2006); S. Hutchison, The History of the Royal Academy 1786-1986 (1986), esp. p.104-5.

Summary Note

The title page of the second volume reads, 'Royal Academy Commission. - Appendix And Index To The Report And Minutes Of Evidence. Presented to both Houses of Parliament by Command of Her Majesty. - London: Printed by George E. Eyre ... For Her Majesty's Stationery Office. 1863. 6517.' The report falls under the headings: Constitution of the Academy; Funds; Exhibition; Teaching; Charities; Buildings. The names of the Commissioners are given at the end of the Report: Stanhope (Chairman), Hardinge, Elcho, Edmund W. Head, William Stirling, Henry Danby Seymour, Henry Reeve, R.F. Sketchley (Secretary). Witnesses who gave evidence were: Sir Charles L. Eastlake, P.R.A., C. Landseer, R.A., R. Redgrave, R.A., D. Roberts, R.A., Sir E. Landseer, R.A., D. Maclise, R.A., W. Mulready, R.A., P. Hardwick, R.A., J.E. Millais, A.R.A., C.W. Cope, R.A., R. Westmacott, R.A., J.H. Foley, R.A., Baron Marocchetti, A.R.A., G.G. Scott, R.A., J.P. Knight, R.A., G.T. Doo, R.A., T. Woolner, F. Grant, R.A., W. Tite, H.W. Phillips, D. Roberton Blaine, Holman Hunt, G.F. Watts, A.H. Layard, J. Storrar, A. Elmore, R.A., J. Fergusson, H. Warren, J.D. Harding, F. Tayler, Sir Coutts Lindsay, Marquis de Cadore, Morton Edwards, Lord Taunton, E. Oldfield, W. Dyce, R.A., A.J.B.B. Hope, Tom Taylor, C.T. Newton, R.P. Collier, J.C. Robinson, A. MacCallum, J.R. Herbert, R.A., W.P. Frith, R.A., E. Armitage, John Ruskin.

Binding Note

19th-century blue cloth; spine of first volume lettered 'Royal Academy Commission - Report', 'R.A.' and 1863', spine of second volume lettered 'Royal Academy Commission - Appendix', 'R.A.' and '1863'.

Name as Subject


Academies - Artists - Arts - Societies - Associations - Schools - Government Policy - Art and State - Great Britain - London - History - 19th century
Reports - Official reports - Great Britain - 19th century