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Burlington House and the History of the Royal Academy of Arts

The Arts Society Leicester present Burlington House and the History of the Royal Academy of Arts

Speaker – Stephen Richardson MA

Home of the Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House on London’s Piccadilly has a long and fascinating history. From its construction in the 1660s for a courtier to King Charles II; refashioning as a Palladian mansion for Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of Burlington; its association with architects and artists such as William Kent and Sebastiano Ricci; further redevelopment by the Cavendish family during the Regency period and its role as the home of the UK’s leading ‘society for promoting the Arts of Design’.

This talk also examines the reasons behind the founding of the Royal Academy in 1768, its early history and its Olympian era during the time of eminent Victorian artists such as Leighton, Millais and Frith.

Further Information

From September to June ASL present a programme of lectures covering a wide range of interests and tastes with an informative line-up of speakers talking about a variety of subjects. Whether you come on your own or with friends you will be in the company of like-minded people in a vibrant environment of learning, sharing and socialising.

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