11 Facts About Royal Academy


Royal Academy of Arts is an art institution based in Burlington House on Piccadilly in London.

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Success of St Martin's Lane Royal Academy led to the formation of the Society of Artists of Great Britain and the Free Society of Artists.

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Royal Academy was initially housed in cramped quarters in Pall Mall, although in 1771 it was given temporary accommodation for its library and schools in Old Somerset House, then a royal palace.

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The Royal Academy moved in 1837 to Trafalgar Square, where it occupied the east wing of the recently completed National Gallery .

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Royal Academy receives funding from neither the State nor the Crown, and operates as a charity.

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Under the direction of former exhibitions secretary Sir Norman Rosenthal, the Royal Academy has hosted ambitious exhibitions of contemporary art.

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In 2004, the Royal Academy attracted media attention for a series of financial scandals and reports of a feud between Rosenthal and other senior staff.

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Academy hosts an annual Royal Academy Summer Exhibition of new art, which is a well-known event on the London social calendar.

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Royal Academy Schools was the first institution to provide professional training for artists in Britain.

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Royal Academy argued that such a training would form artists capable of creating works of high moral and artistic worth.

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The Royal Academy made Sir Francis Newbolt the first Honorary Professor of Law in 1928.

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