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Royal Academy of Arts

Burlington House,Piccadilly, London, United Kingdom
The Royal Academy of Arts was founded through a personal act of King George III on 10 December 1768 with a mission to promote the arts of design in Britain through education and exhibition. The motive in founding the Academy was twofold: to raise the professional status of the artist by establishing a sound system of training and expert judgement in the arts, and to arrange the exhibition of contemporary works of art attaining an appropriate standard of excellence. The founder members were John Baker, Francesco Bartolozzi, Giovanni Battista Cipriani, Thomas Gainsborough, Angelica Kauffman, George Michael Moser, Francesco Zuccarelli, William Hoare and Johann Zoffany. 

Source: royalacademy.org.uk