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250 Years of the Royal Academy

Lecture on Monday 6th August 2018 at 1:45PM

Lecturer: Rosalind Whyte
Venue: Larruperz Centre

In 2018 The Royal Academy of Arts celebrates its 250th anniversary, so it is an opportune time to explore its history and the role it has played in the development of British art. We will look at the position of artists in London before and after the formation of the Academy in 1768 and some of the characters involved, from the first President, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and other establishment figures, to artists who have taken a more oppositional stance, whether individually, such as Reynolds’ great contemporary and rival Gainsborough, or as a group, such as the (initially) clandestine Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, a group of young rebel artists who sought to subvert the Academy from within.

Rosalind Whyte is an experienced guide and/or lecturer at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, the Royal Academy, Greenwich and the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
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