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Presidents of the Royal Academy

Sir Joshua Reynolds was elected the Royal Academy of Art's first president in its founding year in 1768. His presidency was critical in establishing many of the characteristics that would define this artist led organisation. In its pursuit to raise the status of the artist and foster a national school of art, alongside its exhibitions and classes, Reynolds also delivered his Discourses on Art, the nation's first series of lectures given on the subject of art. Whether they are architects, painters or sculptors, all presidents are practicing artists themselves and have included the Anglo-American painter Benjamin West and architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw. Today, presidents are elected by their fellow 80 academicians. To be considered for the position, they must be younger than 75 and once elected, cannot be in office for more than 10 consecutive years. Although they can summon the Council and General Assemblies, they are encouraged to be impartial and can only vote on matters if the votes on decisions are tied.

Sir Albert Edward Richardson

1880-1964
Architect and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 8 portraits

Sir Martin Archer Shee

1769-1850
Portrait painter and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist associated with 87 portraits

Sir Aston Webb

1849-1930
Architect and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 16 portraits

Sir Charles Thomas Wheeler

1892-1974
Sculptor and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 25 portraits | Artist of 2 portraits

James Wyatt

1746-1813
Architect
Sitter in 7 portraits