Academy Catalogues

Downstairs the Barber has a case display of Royal Academy exhibition catalogues from their library, beginning with an early listing of the works in THE THIRD exhibition, held in 1771:-


The catalogue had shrunk to a handlist by 1880:-


But at least it had a plan of the galleries, with a SCULPTURE GALLERY (the current Gallery 6) and a LECTURE ROOM next to the OCTAGON, as well as a route out of Gallery 2 into a REFRESHMENT ROOM:-


By 1957, it had shrunk further (was this to save on printing costs or was people’s eyesight better ?):-


Then there is a curiosity.   In 1815, someone printed a catalogue of The Rejected Pictures…by a distinguished member of the hanging committee:-



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