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Illustrated: The 250th RA Summer Exhibition

June 05, 2018

Illustrated: The 250th RA Summer Exhibition

This year marks the 250th Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. For over two centuries, the Royal Academy's galleries have displayed contemporary works from artists from all walks of life - from internationally renowned artists to first-time exhibitors.


This year, the show will spill out of the RA and onto the streets of London’s West End. In addition to the traditional vast walkways if galleries displaying thousands of works, there will also be a celebration of the history of the Summer Exhibition, entitled The Great Spectacle. 

The Great Spectacle opens on June 12th and celebrates the first 250 years of the Summer Exhibition with gallery displays recreating important moments in the history of the Academy and the impact the exhibitions had on art and culture in Britain.

A beautiful insight into the history of the RA Summer Exhibition is on display here, at Top Banana Antiques, Tetbury. We have the original watercolour of John S. Goodall's 'Private View at the Royal Academy', produced for his book 'An Edwardian Season' published in 1979. This exquisite painting vividly demonstrates a bustling gallery at the Summer Exhibition.


Through his children's books, and his Victorian and Edwardian albums, John Strickland Goodall (1908 -1996) became one of England's best-loved artists.Goodall developed his many delightful watercolours of Edwardian life, mainly landscapes or beach scenes, or scenes involving the Season, such as Cowes or Ascot. They are painted in a delightfully fluid style, using watercolour and bodycolour, and are reminiscent of Eugene Boudin.

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