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Art education in 19th-century Britain was shaped by four London-based organisations: the Royal Academy Schools, the Government Schools of Design, the Department of Science and Art (based in this museum) and the Slade School of Art. Each was driven by powerful ideologies which dictated students' training.

These drawings, by students and teachers, reflect the different principles and practices of each school. They also reveal more general changes in emphasis over the 19th century. As subject matter, antique sculpture was gradually replaced by depictions of un-idealised human figures. Stylistically, the earlier insistence on a high level of technical finish gave way to a more spontaneous, sketchy kind of drawing.

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A Century of Olympic Posters

A Century of Olympic Posters

Definitely one worth poring over' Grafik'This beautiful book would make a great gift for anyone with an artistic eye' The IndependentAs four-yearly sn…

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Event - Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860

Wed 24 June 2015–Sun 11 October 2015

EXHIBITION: This captivating exhibition of the pioneering 19th-century British photographer Captain Linnaeus Tripe features over 60 of his most striking views of Indian and Burmese landscape and architecture, taken between 1852-1860.

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