Masterworks: Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts
Neil Bingham, an authority on historical architectural drawings, investigates how the architects of the Royal Academy took the lead in promoting the artistry of architectural representation. Since its foundation in 1768 the Royal Academy of Arts has counted many of Britain's most illustrious architects among it's membership and for several centuries the drawing styles and techniques of the architect-Academicians dominated the profession.
They established and ran the country's first school of architecture, in which architectural drawing was taught as an art rather than a technical skill, and prominently showed their spectacular perspective drawings in the Royal Academy's annual Summer Exhibition.
Each Academician presents a masterwork upon election to the Academy and these architectural drawings came to be exemplars of art and design. This book celebrates all the Diploma Works of the architect-Academicians.
248 pages, hardback with dustjacket, fully illustrated, 29 x 25cms.