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A Biographical Dictionary of Royal Academy Students, 1769-1830

Updated: Dec 6, 2023

We are delighted to announce the publication of Volume 84: A Biographical Dictionary of Royal Academy Students, 1769-1830, by Martin Myrone.

Myrone's dictionary is extraordinary and surprising at every turn, a monumental companion to 'Making the Modern Artist'. Mark Pomeroy, Archivist, The Royal Academy of Arts.
Myrone's book will prove to be an indispensible reference work for anyone with a serious interest in British art studies & the history of the art academy. Dr Martin Postle.

An essential new reference work for students of 18th and 19th century British art, A Biographical Dictionary of Royal Academy Students 1769-1830 records every student known to have attended the RA schools in London during its first six decades. The book contains 1,800 biographical entries and draws on extensive new archival research, offering a comprehensive account of the extraordinarily diverse life stories of former RA students and an unprecedented overview of British art during the Romantic period.

It provides a revealing new context for such familiar figures as John Constable, William Blake and J.M.W. Turner, and a wealth of fresh information about three generations of obscure, forgotten or previously unknown British painters, sculptors, engravers and architects.

As the first national art school, enjoying Royal patronage, prestige and prominence, the Royal Academy has a pivotal role in British art history, with almost every notable figure of the era passing through its walls.

Members of The Walpole Society can access a digital facsimile of Volume 84 on our website as part of their subscription. Please first register for the Members' Area. For non-members, the book is available exclusively through Thomas Heneage Art Books. To order, call +44(0)20 7930 9223 or email

FORMAT: hardback

ISBN: 9781916256422

PUBLISHED: 9 January 2023

PUBLISHER: The Walpole Society

SIZE: 605 pages, 270 x 205 mm

ILLUSTRATIONS: 1 col. (frontispiece)


Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827), Auguste Charles Pugin (1768/9-1832) & John Bluck (1791-1832)

Drawing from Life at the Royal Academy, 1808 [detail]

Hand-coloured etching and aquatint, 27.6 x 33.9 cm (the sheet)


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