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

  • About the artist
    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