The Meeting, Royal Academy of Arts
The Meeting, Royal Academy of Arts
by Leonard Rosoman
acrylic on canvas, 1979-1984
60 in. x 60 in. (1524 mm x 1524 mm)
Artistback to top
- Leonard Rosoman (1913-2012), Painter. Artist of 4 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
Sittersback to top
- Robert Buhler (1916-1989), Painter. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist of 1 portrait.
- James Walter Butler (1931-), Sculptor. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Sir Hugh Maxwell Casson (1910-1999), Architect and President of the Royal Academy. Sitter in 16 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
- (James) Trevor Dannatt (1920-), Architect. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Sir Roger de Grey (1918-1995), Painter; President of the Royal Academy. Sitter in 3 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
- Bernard Dunstan (1920-2017), Painter. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist of 11 portraits.
- Dame Elisabeth Jean Frink (1930-1993), Sculptor and printmaker. Sitter in 18 portraits, Artist of 5 portraits.
- Peter Greenham (1909-1992), Painter and Keeper of the Royal Academy schools. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist of 1 portrait.
- Griselda Hamilton-Baillie (1950-), Director of the Royal Academy Trust Appeal. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Sydney Charles Harpley (1927-1992), Sculptor. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Maureen Harris (1951-), Secretary of the Friends of the Royal Academy. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Colin Graham Hayes (1919-2003), Painter. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Norman Hepple (1908-1994), Painter. Sitter in 3 portraits, Artist of 1 portrait.
- Sidney Hutchison (1912-2000), Secretary of the Royal Academy. Sitter in 2 portraits.
- Constance-Anne Parker (1921-), Librarian. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Sir Philip Powell (1921-2003), Architect. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Piers Rodgers (1944-), Secretary of the Royal Academy. Sitter in 1 portrait.
- Leonard Rosoman (1913-2012), Painter. Sitter in 7 portraits, Artist of 4 portraits.
- Michael Rothenstein (1908-1993), Painter and printmaker; son of Sir William Rothenstein. Sitter in 13 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
- Sir Richard Sheppard (1910-1982), Architect. Sitter in 1 portrait.
This portraitback to top
This portrait depicts members and employees of the Royal Academy of Art. Founded in 1768 and under royal patronage, the Academy is a self-selecting, self-governing body that provides a teaching school and exhibition space. Regarded as a bastion of the establishment, it is now renowned for the temporary exhibitions that it hosts.
Rosoman studied at the Royal Academy and the Central Schools of Art. He was appointed official war artist to the Admiralty between 1943 and 1945, and became a Royal Academician in 1970.
From the bottom left corner clockwise the sitters are: Robert Buhler (1916-89), painter; Sir Philip Powell (1921-2003), architect; Michael Rothenstein (1908-93), painter & print-maker; Bernard Dunstan (b.1920), painter; James Butler (b.1931), sculptor; Norman Hepple (1908-94), painter; Sydney Harpley (1927-92), sculptor; Piers Rodgers (b.1944), Secretary of the Royal Academy; Colin Hayes (1919-2003), painter; Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-93), sculptor; Peter Greenham (1909-92), Keeper, Royal Academy Schools; Sir Richard Sheppard (1910-82), architect; Maureen Harris (b.1951), Secretary, Friends of the Royal Academy; Griselda Hamilton-Baillie (b.1950), Director, Royal Academy Appeal Trust; Trevor Dannatt (b.1920), architect: Sir Hugh Casson (1910-99), architect and President of the Royal Academy 1971-84; Sidney Hutchison (1912-2000), Honourable Archivist at the Royal Academy; Sir Roger de Grey (1918-95), painter and President of the Royal Academy 1984-93; Constance-Anne Parker (b.1921), Royal Academy Librarian.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 726
Placesback to top
- Place portrayed: United Kingdom: England, London (Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1979back to top
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