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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

Joseph Farington (1747-1821)

Diary, Volume 6 1 December 1799 - 1 June 1803

RCIN 1047056

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This, the fourth of Joseph Farington's 16 volume diary, contains an instance of George III's involvement in the business of the Royal Academy.

In 1799, the Irish history painter, Henry Tresham was elected an Academician. Tresham immediately sought to advance in the Academy and petitioned the King that the Academy had not been following its own laws, preferring to elect council members by ballot, rather than by rotation.

The president of the Academy, Benjamin West, and the secretary, John Richards, visited the King to explain their position. Farington provides a detail description of West's report of the audience and shows that the King took great interest in the matter.