Annual awards ceremony at the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, 8 John Adam Street, London: view of the Great Room decorated with paintings by James Barry

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RIBApix ref no RIBA15490
Architect/DesignerAdam, Robert (1728-1792)
Barry, James (1741-1806)
Artist/PhotographerPugin, Augustus Charles (c. 1769-1832)
Rowlandson, Thomas (1756-1827)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1774
Image Date1809
Library ReferenceEW E.e.315/3
Colour / B&W Colour
Credit RIBA Collections
Notes SOURCE: R. Ackermann. The Microcosm of London (London, 1835), vol. III, pl. 71 NOTES: The Society, the first organisation ever set up in Britain to benefit art and science, was founded in 1754. It originally met at a coffee house in Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, eventually moving to an especially designed house by Robert Adam off the Strand in 1774. The Great Room paintings were begun by James Barry in 1777 and completed in 1801.

Subject tags

societies' buildings, halls, auditoria, wall paintings