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Creator:
Francesco Bartolozzi RA, 1728–1815, Italian, active in Britain (1764–99)
Title:

Certificate Of The Royal Academy Of Arts Appointing Henry Perronet Briggs To Be An Associate, November 7, 1825

Date:
1825
Medium:
Line engraving, stipple engraving and letterpress
Dimensions:
26 x 18 1/2in. (66 x 47cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Lettered, upper center: "LABOR ET INGENIUM | ROYAL ACADE | OF ARTS | INSTITUTED | MDCCLXVIII"; lettered, center: "WILLIAM THE FOURTH, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF | GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, KING, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH, &C. | TO OUR TRUSTY AND WELL-BELOVED HENRY PERRONET BRIGGS ESQUIRE, | GREETING. | WHEREAS HIS LATE MAJESTY, OUR ROYAL FATHER KING GEORGE THE THIRD, OF BLESSED MEMORY, | THOUGHT FIT TO ESTABLISH IN THIS HIS CITY OF LONDON A SOCIETY FOR THE PURPOSES OF | CULTIVATING AND IMPROVING THE ARTS OF PAINTING, SCULPTURE, AND ARCHITECTURE, UNDER | THE NAME AND TITLE OF "THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS," AND UNDER HIS OWN IMMEDIATE PATRONAGE | AND PROTECTION: AND WEREAS WE HAVE BEEN PLEASED TO ADOPT THE GRECIOUS VIEWS OF OUR | ROYAL FATHER TOWARDS THE SAID SOCIETY, AND TO TAKE THE SAME UNDER OUR PATERNAL CARE. | WE, THEREFORE, IN CONSIDERATION OF YOUR GREAT SKILL IN THE ART OF PAINTING | DO, BY THESE PRESENTS, CONSTITUTE AND APPOINT YOU TO BE ONE OF THE FORTY ACADEMICIANS | OF OUR SAID ROYAL ACADEMY, HEREBY GRANTING UNTO YOU ALL THE HONORS, PRIVILEGES, AND | EMOLUMENTS, THEREOF, ACCORDING TO THE TENOR OF THE INSTITUTION. GIVEN UNDER OUR | ROYAL FATHER'S SIGN MANUAL, ON THE 10TH DAY OF DECEMBER, ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED | AND SIXTY EIGHT, AND IN THE NINTH YEAR OF HIS LATE MAJESTY'S REIGN | AND WE ARE THE MORE READILY INDUCED TO CONFER UPON YOU THIS HONORABLE DISTINCTION | AS WE ARE FIRMLY PERSUADED THAT YOU WILL, UPON EVERY OCCASION, EXERT YOURSELF IN | SUPPORT OF THE HONOR, INTEREST, AND DIGNITY, OF THE SAID ESTABLISHMENT; AND THAT YOU | WILL FAITHFULLY AND ASSIDUOUSY DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF THE SEVERAL OFFICES TO WHICH | YOU SHALL BE NOMINATED. | IN CONSEQUENCE OF THIS OUR GRACIOUS RESOLUTION, IT IS OUR PLEASURE THAT YOUR NAME | BE FORTH WITH INSERTED IN THE ROLL OF THE ACADEMICIANS, AND THAT YOU DO SUBSCRIBE | THE OBLIGATION IN THE FORM AND MANNER PRESCRIBED. | GIVEN AT OUR ROYAL PALACE OF SAINT JAMESS', THE SIXTH DAY OF NOVEMBER, | IN THE THIRD YEAR OF OUR REIGN."; lettered, lower left: "G.B. Ciprani invt. et delt."; lettered, lower right: "F.Bartollozzi Engraver to his Majesty Sculpt."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1977.14.11236
Classification:
Prints
Collection:
Prints and Drawings
Access:
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Link:
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