The Royal Academy of Arts, Instituted by the King, in the Year 1768

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: UK
    City: London
    Place: Government Art Collection
  • About the artist
    Engraver Richard Earlom was born and died in London. He studied under Italian artist Giovanni Battista Cipriani but later taught himself to engrave in mezzotint. In 1765 Earlom was employed by Boydell to make a series of drawings from paintings at Houghton Hall, Norfolk, which Earlom also engraved in mezzotint. His subjects include fruit and flower pieces after Dutch artists Van Os and Jan van Huysum, and historical and figure subjects, such as ‘Agrippina’ after Benjamin West and ‘Love in Bondage’ after Guido Reni. Earlom also engraved works after Johan Zoffany and Sir Joshua Reynolds. In addition, his series of 200 mezzotint facsimiles of the drawings and sketches of Claude Lorraine was published as ‘Liber veritatis’ between 1777 and 1819.
    Portrait and history painter Johann Zoffany was born Johannes Zauffaly in Frankfurt-am-Main. After training in Regensburg, he studied in Rome (1750-57), before moving to London in 1760. He was introduced to the royal family in 1764 and George III was so impressed by his royal portraits and groups that he nominated Zoffany a Royal Academician in 1769. Zoffany was in India from 1783 to 1789, where he portrayed British residents and native princes. After his return, he painted few pictures of consequence and by 1800 had given up painting altogether. Several of his Indian works are in the Victoria Memorial, Calcutta. One of his best-known works, ‘The Cock Match at Lucknow’ painted for Warren Hastings, was purchased by the Tate in 1994.
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    People
    Barret, GeorgeBartolozzi, FrancescoBurch, EdwardCarlini, AgostinoCatton, Charles the elderChamberlin, MasonChambers, Sir WilliamCipriani, Giovanni BattistaCosway, RichardGwynn, JohnHayman, FrancisHoare, WilliamHone, NathanielHunter, WilliamMeyer, JeremiahMoser, George MichaelMoser, MaryNewton, Francis MilnerNollekens, JosephPenny, EdwardReynolds, Sir JoshuaRichards, John InigoSandby, PaulSandby, ThomasSerres, DominicTan Che-Qua, or Chet-Qua)Toms, PeterTyler, WilliamWale, SamuelWest, BenjaminWilson, RichardWilton, JosephYeo, RichardZoffany, JohannZuccarelli, Francesco
    Places
    England, London
    Materials & Techniques
    mezzotint
  • Details
    Title
    The Royal Academy of Arts, Instituted by the King, in the Year 1768
    Date
    published 2 August 1773
    Medium
    Mezzotint
    Dimensions
    height: 50.50 cm, width: 71.70 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Sanders of Oxford, May 2002
    Provenance
    Possibly collection of Jonathan Blackburne; Joseph Gulston collection; Sanders of Oxford (purchase, May 2002)
    GAC number
    17686