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Presidents of the Royal Academy


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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 Hugh Maxwell Casson

Sir Hugh Maxwell Casson

1910-1999
Architect and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 16 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Sir Roger de Grey

Sir Roger de Grey

1918-1995
Painter; President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Frank Dicksee

Frank Dicksee

1853-1928
Painter and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 18 portraits | Artist associated with 36 portraits
Sir Charles Lock Eastlake

Sir Charles Lock Eastlake

1793-1865
Painter; President of the Royal Academy and Director of the National Gallery
Sitter in 15 portraits | Artist associated with 2 portraits
Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton

Frederic Leighton, Baron Leighton

1830-1896
Painter; President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 59 portraits | Artist associated with 8 portraits
Sir Francis Grant

Sir Francis Grant

1803-1878
Portrait painter and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter associated with 21 portraits | Artist associated with 101 portraits
Sir Nicholas Thomas Grimshaw

Sir Nicholas Thomas Grimshaw

1939-
Architect and the President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 4 portraits
Sir Gerald Kelly

Sir Gerald Kelly

1879-1972
Painter and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 11 portraits | Artist associated with 27 portraits
Phillip King

Phillip King

1934-
Sculptor and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 9 portraits
Sir Thomas Lawrence

Sir Thomas Lawrence

1769-1830
Portrait painter, collector and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 25 portraits | Artist associated with 688 portraits
Christopher Mark Le Brun

Christopher Mark Le Brun

1951-
Painter
Sitter in 6 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Sir Edwin Lutyens

Sir Edwin Lutyens

1869-1944
Architect and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter associated with 28 portraits
Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt

Sir John Everett Millais, 1st Bt

1829-1896
Painter and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 76 portraits | Artist associated with 41 portraits
Sir Alfred James Munnings

Sir Alfred James Munnings

1878-1959
Painter and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter associated with 11 portraits | Artist of 1 portrait
Sir Edward John Poynter, 1st Bt

Sir Edward John Poynter, 1st Bt

1836-1919
Painter and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter associated with 30 portraits | Artist associated with 4 portraits
Sir Joshua Reynolds

Sir Joshua Reynolds

1723-1792
Painter and first President of the Royal Academy
Sitter associated with 39 portraits | Artist associated with 1414 portraits
Sir Martin Archer Shee

Sir Martin Archer Shee

1769-1850
Portrait painter and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist associated with 88 portraits
Sir Aston Webb

Sir Aston Webb

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

Benjamin West

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

Sir Charles Thomas Wheeler

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