Drawing from Life at the Royal Academy, Somerset House

Various artists/makers

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Drawing from the human figure had been central to artistic training from the Italian Renaissance and, after London's Royal Academy was founded in 1768, regular life sessions were held for academicians and students. Both male and female models posed nude, but only men over the age of twenty were permitted to draw until 1898. Casts of sculptures offered another means to explore human anatomy and examples are seen here displayed on shelves around the back of the room.

Drawing from Life at the Royal Academy, Somerset House, Designed and etched by Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London), Hand-colored etching and aquatint

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