December 2012
The august institution was formed in the space of just ten days in late 1768 — and was born of a fierce professional rivalry
 
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January/February 2010

Art had hitherto been a free market, subject to the vagaries of public taste and the whims of private patronage. Then in the 1830s and 1840s parliament energetically went about bringing order, system and supervision to the realm of art. The question is: why?

 
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About Charles Saumarez Smith
Charles Saumarez Smith is Secretary and Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Arts. His book The Company of Artists: The Origins of the Royal Academy of Arts in London was published by Modern Art Press and Bloomsbury in October 2012.
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