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COPLEY, John Singleton, the younger (1772--1863)
A concise vindication of the conduct of the five suspended members of the Council of the Royal Academy. By authority.
London: printed for John Stockdale, 1804.
46, [2] p. ; 20.2 cm. (8°)

Anonymous. By the son of the painter John Singleton Copley RA. Copley junior was a young barrister who later became a distinguished attorney-general and lord chancellor, being raised to the peerage as Baron Lyndhurst in 1827. Soane was one of the five members of the Council of the Royal Academy in 1803 (the others being John Singleton Copley, James Wyatt, John Yenn, and Sir Francis Bourgeois) whose objections to the declaration of the General Assembly that the Council was subordinate to it had led the General Assembly to 'suspend' them illegally on 24 May 1803. The sovereignty of Council in all matters relating to the governance of the institution (apart from the election of members and alteration of the laws) was subsequently re-affirmed through the direct intervention of George III. See Watkin, Soane, pp. 68--70. The sheets of this edition were reissued before April 1804 with a reset title-page and an anonymous 'Postcript' written by Soane (q.v.). The same year saw the publication of A concise review of the Concise vindication ..., 1804 (q.v.). The final leaf (F4) is blank. Printed by T. Whiting, Finsbury Place.

Copy Notes With brief annotations by Soane (including a list of the academicians who supported him) inscribed in ink on the half-title which is folded to avoid cropping by the binder, and several passages in the text underlined in ink. Bound first with four other pamphlets on the arts including the 'second edition' and A concise review of the Concise vindication.

Binding C19th full diced russia, gilt double-rule borders, gilt- and blind-tooled spine, marbled edges. Bound by Edwin Hutchinson for 4s., 28 February 1832. (Archive 7/16/29 book binding, half russia). Numbered '67' in a series of pamphlet volumes.

Reference Number 1975


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