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THOMPSON, William (c. 1730--1800)
The conduct of the Royal Academicians, while members of the Incorporated Society of Artists of Great Britain, viz. from the year 1760, to their expulsion in the year 1769. With some part of their transactions since.
London: printed by J. Dixwell, 1771.
54 p. ; 22.8 cm (8°)

Anonymous. By William 'Blarney' Thompson (see William Strickland, A dictionary of Irish artists, 1913, vol. II, p. 447). This pamphlet is the source of the story that George Moser (subsequently the first Keeper of the Royal Academy) and the King's Librarian, Richard Dalton, tricked the proprietors of the St. Martin's Lane Academy into handing over all its 'anatomical figures, bustoes, statues, lamps, and other effects' to a 'Royal Academy' to be established at Dalton's premises in Pall Mall (see pp. 42--44). ESTC t31162.

Copy Notes With a correction inscribed in ink at the foot of p. 14 and a MS. note on p. 25 identifying the 'fellows' in line 7 as Messrs. Thomson & Seaton. Previously stitched. Bound in a volume of pamphlets on the arts.

Binding C19th blue paper boards, brown paper spine lettered in ink 'Miscel-/Laneous// Landseer/ Letters// Haydon/ on the/ Elgin/ Marbles/ &c./ &c./ E'. Later numbered '89' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 3448


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