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Work in focus: ‘The Royal Academy of Arts’ after Johan Zoffany RA


Monday 26 February 2018
11am — 12pm

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'The Royal Academy of Arts' after Johan Zoffany RA

Mezzotint, 508 x 718mm.

Engraved by Richard Earlom, published by Robert Sayer, published 2 August 1773. Purchased from Thomas Cadell the Younger. Executors, 27 March 1844 Copyright Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photographer Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.

Robin Simon, editor of the new book ‘The Royal Academy: History and Collections’, reveals the inside story of Johan Zoffany’s masterpiece of 1772.

Johan Zoffany RA’s original painting, Academicians of the Royal Academy, from which this mezzotint was made, is in the Royal Collection, where it has been ever since it was bought by the Patron of the newly founded Royal Academy, George III, in 1772. The composition became famous in the form of this print the following year.

But where are these Academicians gathered? Who are they all? What are they doing? Is anyone missing and, if so, why? Zoffany could never resist a joke, a habit that was to see him fall from royal favour in 1780.

Dr Robin Simon, Honorary Professor of English at University College London, was a major contributor to the catalogue of the Zoffany exhibition held at the Royal Academy in 2011. He is the editor of The British Art Journal and his books include Hogarth, France and British Art: The rise of the arts in 18th-century Britain.

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Monday 26 February 2018

11am — 12pm

The Reynolds Room, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly. Entrance via the Keeper's House.

£8, £5 concessions.