First Exhibition (1756)
London's first ever exhibition of living artists took place during 1760,[clarification needed] and was organised and hosted by the Royal Society of Arts. There were 130 pictures by 69 painters in the exhibition, including artists such as Reynolds, Wilson, Cosway and Roubiliac.[dead link]
The exhibition was considered a success. Hundreds of people visited, and although the Society had decided not to charge an entrance fee, the artists were left with a balance of £100 from the sale of catalogues.
- History Timeline RSA
- Henry Trueman Wood, A History of the Royal Society of Arts, 1913
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