Royal Academy

Royal Academy is based in Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, and is a privately funded art institution. It was founded in 1768, following an act passed by King George III designed to promote art and design in Britain.

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition has been held annually since 1769. Lectures on art were held at the institution by James Barry, J.M.W Turner and Sir Joshua Reynolds.


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William Powell Frith’s painting of Oscar Wilde at the Royal Academy goes on offer for the first time in over a century at St James’s gallery

12 February 2019

'The Private View at the Royal Academy, 1881', a scene of influential Victorians at an exhibition painted by William Powell Frith (1819-1909), is on offer from St James’s dealer Martin Beisly for a price in the region of £10m.

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Movers and Shakers: the latest arts and antiques appointments

06 August 2018

Our latest look at new roles in the art and antiques trade.

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Dreweatts, Mallet and Saatchi Gallery team up to remember Berenice in mod Brit exhibition

03 July 2018

Dreweatts 1759, Mallett and SALON, the project space at Saatchi Gallery, have teamed up to stage an exhibition of the paintings of British artist Berenice Sydney (1944-83), her first major UK show in 30 years.

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Innovations at The London Original Print Fair set to draw in young collectors

16 April 2018

The fair offering a way to own a big name without the huge cost is back for 33rd staging.

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Basil Beattie stars at latest instalment of Royal Academy’s Art Sales programme

03 March 2018

The Royal Academy opened a selling show this week show featuring to work of RA artist Basil Beattie.

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First quarterly London Photograph Fair of 2018 held this weekend

02 March 2018

The next quarterly London Photograph Fair, which takes place this weekend, is a source for thousands of rare and unusual photos.

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Charles Saumarez Smith: Seeing the bigger picture

30 May 2017

Dr Charles Saumarez Smith explains how and why the Royal Academy will help promote the London art market this summer.

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Applications open for museums’ print fair acquisitions prize

31 January 2017

UK museums and galleries have the chance to add to this print collection this year with the help of an award at the London Original Print Fair (LOPF).

£36m plan to link both halves of the Royal Academy and upgrade facilities

25 November 2013

The Royal Academy has outlined its masterplan for what it is calling the most significant revamp since it moved to Piccadilly in 1869.

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Asian Art in London warms a chilly November night

13 November 2006

More than 400 guests gathered to celebrate the Asian Art in London awards at the Burlington Gardens rooms of the Royal Academy on Wednesday night last week.

LAPADA confirm 2007 dates for Royal Academy

06 November 2006

LAPADA have confirmed that their Royal Academy fair will go ahead from May 10 to 13 next year.

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LAPADA's London fair venue hit by blaze

04 September 2006

LAST week's fire at the Royal Academy building at 6 Burlington Gardens is unlikely to affect the fairs scheduled to be held at the premises next year.

The Forbidden City unveiled

25 October 2005

There will be a rare chance to glimpse some of the long unseen areas of Beijing’s Forbidden City on November 28, when Henry Tzu Ng of the World Monuments Fund will deliver a lecture at the Royal Academy in conjunction with their forthcoming exhibition – China: The Three Emperors, 1662-1795.

LAPADA unveil new Royal Academy fair for May 2006

13 June 2005

LAPADA will launch a new London flagship fair next year when LAPADA@TheRoyalAcademy opens from May 4 to 7 at the Royal Academy.

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Watercolours move looks set to reap Academy rewards

26 January 2005

FOR its seventh London staging, The Watercolours and Drawings Fair leaves its long-time home at the Park Lane Hotel, Piccadilly, and moves deeper into Mayfair to The Royal Academy, 6 Burlington Gardens, W1 where it will run from February 3 to 6 with a charity preview on the evening of February 2.

RA fairs news at the double

20 October 2004

NEXT year’s Watercolour and Drawings Fair will move to a new venue, the Royal Academy rooms at 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1, where it will run from February 3 to 6 with an opening evening preview on February 2.

New London art fair mooted

22 September 2004

PLANS are advanced for a new international London art fair next summer at the Royal Academy’s Burlington Gardens premises.

RA get top names to set summer scene

20 May 2004

TWO of the biggest names in British art will mastermind this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, which will run at the Academy’s galleries on London’s Piccadilly from June 8 to 16.

Prints with even wider appeal

22 April 2004

AFTER 19 years, The London Original Print Fair is still the only event of its kind in Europe and it goes from strength to strength, as you will see when it runs this week from April 22 to 25 at London’s Royal Academy of Arts.

Gothic at the V&A

09 October 2003

It is now 15 years since the Royal Academy mounted their landmark exhibition, The Age of Chivalry, covering the arts in Plantagenet England from 1200-1400. This week the Victoria and Albert Museum launches its chronological successor – Gothic: Art For England, covering the later medieval period from 1400-1547.

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