History of the Royal Academy at the exhibition at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

History of the Royal Academy - RA250

Thursday 1 March - Saturday 9 June 2018

Abbot Hall Art Gallery joins the celebrations of the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary by staging two displays featuring work by Royal Academicians from Abbot Hall’s own collection.

The first show; History of the Royal Academy traces the history of the Royal Academy through our collection. Hung chronologically by the date artists were elected to the Royal Academy, historic and contemporary works are shown together. This illustrates trends in art over the last 250 years including works by JMW Turner, LS Lowry, John Nash, Victor Pasmore and David Hockney.

This project, with Art Fund support, forms part of RA250 UK: Exhibitions and events around the UK to celebrate 250 years of the Royal Academy of Arts (roy.ac/RA250UK).

From 11 May - 28 July the second display is dedicated to Women of the Royal Academy and includes work by Mary Fedden, Shelia Fell and Paula Rego.

Past Events

History of the Royal Academy: Who's In and Who's Out, 19 April at 6.00pm

Women Artists and The Royal Academy's Glass Ceiling - 7 June, 6.00pm

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  • Angelica Kauffman, Modesty, 1770, (detail). Gift of Miss Cecily Baumgartner in 1973.


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