Burlington Fine Arts Club

I’ve been doing a bit of reading about the Burlington Fine Arts Club, which I vaguely knew about, but is not well documented.   The answer is that it was indeed, as it sounds, a gentleman’s club, equivalent to the Arts Club, but for those who were more interested in Old Master painting.   Established in 1866, it grew out of a Fine Arts Club, a group of fine art enthusiasts who met regularly at Marlborough House under the auspices of John Charles Robinson.   For its first three years it occupied three floors of 177, Piccadilly and then moved to 17, Savile Row, where it held annual small-scale and scholarly exhibitions on subjects including Japanese porcelain and German woodcuts and, in 1876, the first scholarly study of the work of William Blake (as well as a centenary exhibition in 1927).   It survived until the outbreak of the second world war and was dissolved in 1952, its assets donated to the National Art-Collections Fund.

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