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30 People in sitter grouping: Founders of the Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts was founded to offer training for artists and provide an exhibition space. It's founding members wanted to raise the status of the artist, which in turn would encourage and foster a national school of art. The architect sir William Chambers, was able to secure royal and financial support from his connections to George III, who passed a personal act in 1768 to found the Academy. The 34 founding members included Thomas Gainsborough (1727 – 1788) and Thomas Sandby (1721 – 1798), who were presided over by its first president Joshua Reynolds. Today, current Academicians include David Hockney and Sir Antony Gormley.

Thomas Gainsborough

1727-1788
Portrait and landscape painter
Sitter in 8 portraits | Artist associated with 262 portraits

Francesco Bartolozzi

1727-1815
Engraver
Sitter in 16 portraits | Artist associated with 164 portraits

Agostino Carlini

circa 1718-1790
Sculptor
Sitter in 5 portraits | Artist associated with 3 portraits

Charles Catton the Elder

1728-1798
Painter
Sitter in 7 portraits | Artist associated with 1 portrait

Mason Chamberlin

1722-1787
Portrait painter
Sitter in 4 portraits | Artist associated with 10 portraits

Sir William Chambers

1723-1796
Architect
Sitter in 16 portraits

Giovanni Battista Cipriani

1727-1785
Painter and engraver
Sitter in 6 portraits | Artist associated with 26 portraits

Francis Cotes

1726-1770
Portrait painter
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist associated with 89 portraits

George Dance

1741-1825
Architect and portrait draughtsman
Sitter in 7 portraits | Artist associated with 322 portraits

Nathaniel Dance

1735-1811
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist associated with 63 portraits

John Gwynn

1713-1786
Architect
Sitter in 4 portraits

William Hoare

1707-1792
Portrait painter
Sitter in 6 portraits | Artist associated with 73 portraits

Nathaniel Hone

1718-1784
Portrait and miniature painter
Sitter in 9 portraits | Artist associated with 56 portraits

Angelica Kauffmann

1741-1807
Painter
Sitter in 7 portraits | Artist associated with 21 portraits

Mary Moser

1744-1819
Artist; founding member of the Royal Academy
Sitter associated with 5 portraits

Jeremiah Meyer

1735-1789
Miniature painter
Sitter in 6 portraits | Artist associated with 7 portraits

George Michael Moser

1704-1783
Enamel painter
Sitter in 3 portraits

Francis Milner Newton

1720-1794
Portrait painter
Sitter in 4 portraits

Edward Penny

1714-1791
Portrait and history painter
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist associated with 5 portraits

John Inigo Richards

1731-1810
Landscape and scene painter
Sitter in 7 portraits

Thomas Sandby

1721-1798
Draughtsman and architect; brother of Paul Sandby
Sitter in 8 portraits

Dominic Serres

1722-1793
Marine painter
Sitter in 9 portraits

Peter Toms

active circa 1748-died 1777
Painter and herald
Sitter in 3 portraits

William Tyler

active circa 1760-died 1801
Sculptor and architect
Sitter in 5 portraits

Samuel Wale

1721-1786
History painter
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist associated with 10 portraits

Benjamin West

1738-1820
History painter and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter associated with 43 portraits | Artist associated with 39 portraits

Richard Wilson

1714-1782
Landscape painter
Sitter associated with 8 portraits | Artist associated with 6 portraits

Richard Yeo

circa 1720-died 1779
Medallist
Sitter in 5 portraits

Johann Joseph Zoffany

1733-1810
Painter of portraits and conversation pieces
Sitter associated with 11 portraits | Artist associated with 46 portraits

Francesco Zuccarelli

1702-1788
Landscape painter
Sitter in 3 portraits