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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.

Sir William Chambers

Sir William Chambers

1723-1796
Architect
Sitter in 16 portraits
George Dance

George Dance

1741-1825
Architect and portrait draughtsman
Sitter in 7 portraits | Artist associated with 322 portraits
Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt)

Nathaniel Dance (later Sir Nathaniel Holland, Bt)

1735-1811
Painter
Sitter in 1 portrait | Artist associated with 62 portraits
Thomas Gainsborough

Thomas Gainsborough

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

Nathaniel Hone

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

Angelica Kauffmann

1741-1807
Painter
Sitter in 9 portraits | Artist associated with 22 portraits
Mary Moser

Mary Moser

1744-1819
Artist; founding member of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 6 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
Richard Wilson

Richard Wilson

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

Johan Joseph Zoffany

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

Francesco Bartolozzi

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

Agostino Carlini

circa 1718-1790
Sculptor
Sitter in 5 portraits | Artist associated with 4 portraits
Charles Catton the Elder

Charles Catton the Elder

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

Mason Chamberlin

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

Giovanni Battista Cipriani

1727-1785
Painter and engraver
Sitter in 6 portraits | Artist associated with 29 portraits
Francis Cotes

Francis Cotes

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

John Gwynn

1713-1786
Architect
Sitter in 4 portraits
William Hoare

William Hoare

1707-1792
Portrait painter
Sitter in 6 portraits | Artist associated with 74 portraits
Jeremiah Meyer

Jeremiah Meyer

1735-1789
Miniature painter
Sitter in 6 portraits | Artist associated with 8 portraits
George Michael Moser

George Michael Moser

1704-1783
Enamel painter
Sitter in 3 portraits