National Monuments Society

I was until today unaware that in 1837 a National Monuments Society was established to campaign for free admission to all the public institutions concerned with the display of art, including the British Museum and National Gallery.   It was set up by the two brothers, George and James Foggo, who were, like Benjamin Robert Haydon, specialists in the painting of grandiose biblical narratives and, like Haydon, believed passionately in the idea of free access as a way of improving public taste in art.


2 thoughts on “National Monuments Society

  1. Philip says:

    Did you see the review of the Society’s 1839 Report in the Gardener’s Magazine, with its reference to the Royal Academy?

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