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                                >RAA/PC/11/1 Papers relating to the admission of engravers to full membership 1852
Reference CodeRAA/PC/11/1
TitlePapers relating to the admission of engravers to full membership
Extent & Medium3 pieces
Previous Reference Codes741, 740
Historical BackgroundMemorials were submitted to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1852 by a group of "Historical and Landscape Engravers", including George Thomas Doo and John Henry Robinson, seeking royal support for the admission of engravers as full members of the Royal Academy. The memorials are recorded in General Assembly minutes for 1 November 1852. A new class of Academician Engravers and Associate Engravers was instituted in 1853: General Assembly minutes, 23 February 1853.
Content DescriptionDraft report of the Royal Academy in response to the Engravers' memorials to the Queen and Prince Consort, affirming the Academy's stance against the admission of engravers as full members; draft report of the Council consenting to the formation of a class of Associate and Academician Engravers, with the reply of the President [Sir Charles Lock Eastlake] to Her Majesty on the Engravers' memorial, and further draft of the President's letter to the Queen. The content of the drafts vary greatly from the eventual reply to the Queen, and indicate the degree of conflict over the decision to admit engravers as Academicians.