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ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, London
[Laws. 1815]
Abstract of the constitution and laws of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Established December 10, 1768.
London: printed by B. McMillan, printer to the Royal Academy, 1815.
[4], 47, [1] p. ; 21.1 cm. (8°)

The fourth printing, incorporating all alterations to the laws of the Academy since the 1797 edition (q.v.). A manuscript draft of alterations to the wording of the laws governing RA membership is bound at the front of an album of press reviews of Academy exhibitions owned by Sir Thomas Lawrence which John Britton bought for Soane at the Lawrence sale at Sotheby's on 28 June 1830 (lot 815) - see Soane Case 21.

Copy Notes Bound (1) with the Royal Academy of the Arts' Laws, relating to the schools, the library, and the students, 1814 (q.v.). The front free-endpaper of the volume is inscribed in pencil 1866-1896, indicating that it was found in one of three repositories containing correspondence, miscellaneous papers and objects, sealed by Soane in November 1836 with directions that they should be opened on 22 November (the anniversary of his wife's death) in 1866, 1886 and 1896 respectively.

Binding C19th half calf, gilt double-rule spine, marbled-paper boards.

Reference Number 3231


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