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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

Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727-85)

Design for a medallion 1768

RCIN 913291

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This pen and ink drawing is a design for medals to be presented to winners from exhibitions held at the Royal Academy.

Although it is unknown whether this design was actually struck for prize-winners, it was intended that the King would award medals in person to successful artists who displayed at the Academy's annual exhibition. This design appeared as the headpiece to William Chambers's Dissertation on Oriental Gardening, published in 1772.