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"The Exhibition of the Royal Academy of Painting, in 1771" 1772
CRE EARLOM, Richard; (English; 1743-1822) AFTER BRANDOIN, Michel-Vincent ('Charles'); (Swiss 1733-1807) PUB SAYER, Robert; (English; 1725-1793/4)
printed in black on watermarked laid paper
47.0 x 55.9
NFA assisted purchase. Earlom's mezzotint is the earliest printed image of a Royal Academy exhibition, and it illustrates the third annual exhibition, which took place - like all RA exhibitions up to and including 1779 - in rooms in Pall Mall which had formerly been commercial premises: Aaron Lambe's auction rooms, and then the 'Map and Print Warehouse' run by Richard Dalton, (first Antiquary of the RA, and Royal Librarian). Among the paintings visible, is James Barry's Adam and Eve. Barry is one of several young artists whose relationship with Hunter is documented by their use of the Anatomist's great library as the source of imagery from the ancient world. Exhibitions were a recent invention at this date, and the Royal Academy's exhibitions added an important occasion to the social calendar, while simultaneously taking away visitors from the exhibiting societies already established, notably the incorporated Society of Artists. The first exhibition of works by living artists was that of the Society of Artists, in 1760, held in the Great Room of the Society for Encouragement of Arts, Commerce & Manufactures. For old master displays it was necessary to go to view a sale at one of the auction houses.
HUNTER 2007 : REPRODUCTIVE PRINT : ROYAL ACADEMY : EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY ART : JAMES BARRY : ADAM AND EVE : LAMBE'S AUCTION ROOMS : MAP AND PRINT WAREHOUSE :