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Zoffany’s image similarly shows the ‘back-of-house’ clutter and the intellectual dignity of working artists, where fine gentlemen sit on packing cases and converse with polish and good-humour. He depicts the Academy’s life-drawing

The Royal Academy aimed to revive British arts and crafts

George III, King of the United Kingdom (1738-1820)

A design for a domed Corinthian building c.1760

RCIN 980435

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Not only did George IIIsupport the arts, he was also a keen draughtsman, with architectural drawing being a particular favourite.

As Prince of Wales, George was taught architectural design by Sir William Chambers and Chambers' influence can be seen in the drawings made by the young prince and king.

This design for a neo-classical building with Corinthian-style columns was drawn by George sometime around his accession to the throne.