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Taster talk: Portraits of Royal Academicians


  • 20 May 2019, 2 — 2.15pm
  • 17 June 2019, 2 — 2.15pm
  • 22 July 2019, 2 — 2.15pm
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Benjamin West PRA, Self-portrait of Benjamin West PRA, 1793.

Oil on panel. 1015 X 1320 mm. Photo R.A./John Hammond © Royal Academy of Arts.

Drop in for a free 15-minute talk to unearth the hidden stories of the Royal Academy.

The RA has always been run by artists, sometimes heroically and sometimes fractiously. Hear some stories about the Royal Academicians as you look at their historic and contemporary portraits in the RA’s General Assembly Room.

The General Assembly Room was originally a private room in Burlington House, a Palladian mansion set back from Piccadilly and completed in 1668 by its owners, the 1st Earl and Countess of Burlington. After the arrival of the Royal Academy in 1867, the room was transformed into the Chamber for the General Assembly, and has remained the central meeting room and debating chamber of Academicians to the present day. It is part of the suite of John Madjeski Fine Rooms; the opulent, gilded and frescoed rooms contain many of the principal works of the Academy’s art Collection and are normally closed to members of the public.

In this series of taster talks, encounter the stories behind the RA’s remarkable Collection and buildings from the RA staff’s insider perspective.

Meet in the Front Hall of Burlington House. The talk will take place in The General Assembly Room.

Taster talks are free and last 15 minutes. Ask a member of the team on site for further information.

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  • 20 May 2019, 2 — 2.15pm
  • 17 June 2019, 2 — 2.15pm
  • 22 July 2019, 2 — 2.15pm

The General Assembly Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts

Free, no booking required.