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Founders of the Royal Academy of Arts

30 People in sitter grouping:

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.

Francis Milner Newton

Portrait painter
Sitter in 4 portraits

Edward Penny

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

John Inigo Richards

Landscape and scene painter
Sitter in 7 portraits

Thomas Sandby

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

Dominic Serres

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

History painter
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist associated with 10 portraits

Richard Yeo

circa 1720-died 1779
Sitter in 5 portraits

Francesco Zuccarelli

Landscape painter
Sitter in 3 portraits