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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

Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88)

Queen Charlotte (1744-1818) September 1782

RCIN 401007

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This oval portrait of Queen Charlotte is part of a set of 15 portraits by Thomas Gainsborough of the Royal Family (RCINs 401006-20). They were probably commissioned by Queen Charlotte, and were painted by Gainsborough at Windsor in the early autumn of 1782.

They were displayed at the Royal Academy exhibition in 1783 before being hung in Queen Charlotte's apartments at Buckingham House.