Tag Archives: Royal Academy

Benjamin West, P.R.A.

The first President of the Royal Academy was Sir Joshua Reynolds – an easy starter for ten. But who was the second? Not only did I not know until recently, but I wouldn’t have recognised any of his works, and … Continue reading

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Mr Chitqua, an Ingenious Chinese Artist

I can state with absolute conviction that until 10 a.m. or so on the morning of Friday 26 September 2014, I had never heard of Chitqua. Then I received a tweet from the ODNB (@odnb) announcing that one of the … Continue reading

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