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The History Of The Royal Academy Of Arts From Its Foundation In 1768 To The Present Time. With Biographical Notices Of All The Members. By William Sandby. In Two Volumes. Vol. I. (II.)

William Sandby

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Royal Academy of Arts


London:: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green., 1862.

Physical Description

2 vols.; 228 mm. (Octavo.)

General Note

Vol. I: xiv, [2], 404 p., frontis.: [6] illus. - Vol. II: viii, [2], 467, [1] p.: [7] illus.


[Half-t., frontis., t.p., dedic.] - Preface - Contents Of The First Volume - List Of Illustrations In The First Volume - [Text]; [colophon]. - Vol. II: [Half-t., t.p.] - Contents Of The Second Volume - List Of Illustrations In The Second Volume - [Text] - Appendix [I-VI] - Index; [colophon].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece and illustrations are unsigned; but the portraits of Reynolds and Shee are captioned as being after their self-portraits; that of West as from an original by Thomas Lawrence; that of Lawrence as from an original by Charles Landseer; that of Eastlake as from an original by J.P. Knight. The medals and diploma are captioned as being designed by D. Maclise, L.C. Wyon, W. Wyon, F. Bartolozzi, C.B. Cipriani, T. Pingo and Thomas Stothard.

The printer is named in the colophons: 'London Printed By Spottiswoode And Co. New-Street Square'.

The work is dedicated by William Sandby to the Queen [Victoria].


J. Fenton, School of genius (2006); H. Hoock, The King's artists (2003); S. Hutchison, The History of the Royal Academy (1986).

Summary Note

The half-titles read, 'The Royal Academy Of Arts. Volume I (II)'.

The frontispiece of Volume I is captioned and shows '[The Royal Academy, Trafalgar Square, 1862.]'. In-text illustrations show locations of the Royal Academy, portraits of Presidents, Academy medals and diploma.


A microfiche version was published in 1990 (Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey).


[Copy 1]. Presented by the author; acknowledged 2 August 1862 (RA Council Minutes, XII, p. 97).

[Copy 2]. Front pastedown carries the bookplate of G.A. Story.

Copy Note

[Copy 1]. Both rear pastedowns carry the binder's ticket, which reads 'Bound By Co-operative Bookbinders, Bloomsbury, London.'

Binding Note

[Copy 1]. 19th-century half red morocco, brown cloth-covered boards; rebacked and recornered in 20th century, gilt-decorated spines, black morocco spine-labels lettered 'History Of The Royal Academy Of Arts', 'W. Sandby - Vol. 1. (2.)'.

Name as Subject


Academies - Painters - Societies - Associations - Schools - Art and State - Government policy - Great Britain - London - History - 18th century - 19th century
Art history - Great Britain - 19th century


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