|Singleton's painting depicts Royal Academicians assembled in the Council Room at Somerset House but not a specific event, since it includes Sir William Chambers who died in 1796 and Sir William Beechey who became an Academician two years later. |
The canvas was commissioned so that Charles Bestland (fl. 1783-1837) could make an engraving from it. Whereas his engraving was published in 1802, the painting itself was not exhibited until 1822.