School of Genius: A History of the Royal Academy of Arts - James FentonLondon: Royal Academy of Arts, 2006, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper otherwise a very well presented copy.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Photographic end papers & blanks; 2-column text;
From the cover: “Since its foundation in 1768 the Royal Academy has been the theatre on whose broad stage the triumphs, tragedies, sensations and scandals of the British art world have been enacted. This book is a meticulously researched and highly illustrated portrait of those who have played a part in the institution’s development from its inception to the present day.
Through interviews with Senior Academicians and unlimited access to the unexplored secrets of the Royal Academy’s library and archive, James Fenton examines the many sides of this unique organisation with erudition and candour. An objective onlooker, he delights in colourful Academy characters, interweaving Machiavellian intrigue with hard fact, and charting changes in direction that anticipate or respond to events of the time. In particular, and often with indignation, he recounts the vicissitudes of the Academy in the early twentieth century, focusing on the many storms that the institution has weathered, its successes and failures, and its hopes and plans for the future.”