First Exhibition (1756)

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London's first ever exhibition of living artists occurred during 1760,[clarification needed] and was organised and hosted by the Royal Society of Arts. There were 130 paintings by 69 painters in the exhibition, including artists such as Reynolds, Wilson, Cosway and Roubiliac.[1]

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.[2]


  1. ^ History Timeline RSA Archived 1 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Henry Trueman Wood, A History of the Royal Society of Arts, 1913