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Sir, there is a scheme set on foot for erecting a publick academy for the improvement of the arts of painting, sculpture and architecture ...
London : [s.n.], 1753.
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[2] sheets ([2] p.) ; 42 cm.
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Folio A N 191
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Prospectus representing the earliest attempt to establish a national academy of arts. Accompanied by a printed list of one hundred and fifty-one artists from whom the proposed academy's ruling body was to be elected. The Royal Academy would not be founded until 1768.
At head: Academy of painting, sculpture &c. in St. Martin's-Lane, Tuesday October the 23d, 1753.
Signed: Francis Milner Newton, Secretary.
Sandby, W. History of the Royal Academy. London, 1862. I, p. 27.
Hutchinson, S. History of the Royal Academy. London, 1968. p. 31-33
Kitson, M. "Hogarths's apology for painters". Walpole Society (Great Britain). Volume of the Walpole Society. v.41, 1966-68, p. 46-111
BAC: British Art Center copy accompanied by: List &c. [of artists]. Addressed in ms. to: Mr. Paine, Archt. at the Very Revd. Dr. Fountayne's at Melton near Doncaster. For more information see object file.
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The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-05-19 - 2001-08-05)

Subject Terms:
Art -- Great Britain -- Societies, etc. -- Early works to 1800.
Painting -- Great Britain -- Early works to 1800.
Royal Academy of Arts (Great Britain)
Prospectuses -- Great Britain -- 1753.
Ephemera -- Great Britain -- 1753.
Broadsides -- Great Britain -- 1753.
St. Martin's Lane Academy.
Newton, Francis Milner, 1720-1794.
Paine, James, 1717?-1789.
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