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Royal Academy

Royal Academy, The, was founded in 176$ under the auspices of George III., and has for its object the encouragement of painting, sculpture, and architecture. It consists of 42 Academicians, of whom 2 must be engravers, and of 36 Associates, of whom 5 must be engravers, and gives instruction in painting, sculpture, architecture, and anatomy, rewarding merit with medals and other prizes, besides asscciateship and membership. The Academy is at present lodged in Burlington House, and holds an annual exhibition of painting by living artists (May to August), and a winter exhibition of 10 weeks, beginning in January, of the works of Old Masters and dead British artists, while the collection of diploma pictures is to be seen daily.