The training of artists

One of the founding purposes of the Royal Academy of Arts was to establish a free school of art which would train a new generation of artists. Students at the Royal Academy Schools were taught drawing from casts of Antique statues, Life drawing, and copying and studying of Old Masters paintings and engravings. A Library was also provided where students could study subjects from the civilisations of ancient Greece to military and religious festivals, ceremonies and costume.
Thomas Rowlandson, A Life Class at the Royal Academy, Somerset House, etching, hand-coloured, 1811. © Royal Academy of Arts, London.

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