• Title: Art on the Line: The Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House 1780-1836
  • Author: David H. Solkin
  • Released: 2001-12-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 288
  • ISBN: 0300090919
  • ISBN13: 978-0300090918
  • ASIN: 0300090919
From Library Journal This is an excellent, multifaceted history of the great annual exhibitions put on by the Royal Academy in London when Somerset House was its home, starting in 1780 and continuing for 57 years. With remarkably little overlap, a team of largely British authors, led by Solkin (art history, Courtauld Inst., Univ. of London), considers this premier venue for contemporary British art from multiple viewpoints: the physical nature of the exhibition; the audience, publicity, and publications; the artists and the role of this exhibition in making and breaking careers; the urban setting of Georgian and Regency London; and more. The essays are generally first-rate, with minimal academic-ese, and give a full view of the development of British art in this period. The book accompanies a 2001-02 exhibition of the works discussed that is being held in the original Great Room of Somerset House, recently restored and now occupied by the Courtauld Institute of Art. That exhibition has been hung in the era's floor-to-ceiling format, with the best positions being "on the line," a molding that runs around the room just above eye level. Recommended for all art history collections. Jack Perry Brown, Art Inst. of Chicago Lib.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

Review . . . [A]n excellent, multifaceted history of. . . great annual exhibitions. ..[of] the Royal Academy in London when Somerset House was its home. -- Library Journal

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