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ISBN: 9781906690700
AUTHOR: Lester, Hill & Sepple
RI - Then and Now
RI - Then and Now
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Since its inauguration in 1831 the Royal Institute of Painters inWater Colours has enjoyed the privilege of seven Royal Patrons prior to the current Patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In that time the RI has undergone four name changes, seen four different main galleries used for its exhibitions and elected 706 members under 14 different Presidents who, until the current holder, were all men.

This timely book celebrates both the long history of the RI and the work of its current members under their first woman President, Rosa Sepple. It includes the compelling story of the Institute, formed when William IV was on the throne and his wife, Queen Adelaide, became its first Patron, taking the reader through the subsequent decades, illustrating the works of its most prestigious members and the opulence of their early exhibitions.

A full list of all members is included.

The culmination of many months of research and dedication from its authors, the main body of the book includes brief biographies and examples of the work of all current members which, combined with an historical chapter, provides the reader with a complete overview of the RI, exemplifying both the glories of the past while shining a fascinating light on the bright and progressive future of one the most respected watercolour societies in the world today.

Anthony Lester bought his first watercolour at an auction in 1956 when he was eleven years old (In Charge by William McTaggart, 1835-1910). Six years later he opened an art gallery in Oxfordshire where he became well known as a specialist in early English watercolours and drawings. In 1983 he gave up dealing to concentrate on art research and acting as an art consultant. This led him taking part in programmes such as the Antiques Roadshow, Going for a Song, Flog It! and Channel 4’s Posh Pawn. He has made over 300 radio broadcasts and contributed over 700 articles to magazines and national newspapers as well as being editor of Watercolours, Drawings and Prints. He has curated a number of exhibitions, including Pure Gold: 50 Years of the Federation of British Artists, which was held in 2011 at the Mall Galleries, London. Anthony is an Honorary Member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Companion of the Pastel Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of British Artists, Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Member of the International Association of Art Critics, the Critics’ Circle and Life Member of Chelsea Arts Club.

Adrian Hill is the third generation of his family behind two of East Anglia’s most successful and well-known art galleries, Picturecraft of Holt and Adrian Hill Fine Art. From here many artists have begun successful careers, returning again and again to exhibit at these premier locations. Both Adrian and his father have also contributed to a number of publications helping to promote those whose work they exhibit and bringing to the public a deeper appreciation of the artist’s world. Individual artist’s exhibitions in London include successful shows at the Mall Galleries notably ‘Out of the Blue’ for Rosa Sepple PRI (2015) and ‘Sylvette – Picasso’s Muse’ for Lydia Corbett (2018).

Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 70 0, hardback, 238x258mm, 176 pages. Published February 2019.

Out of the BlueOut of the Blue - £34.99
In Out of the Blue Adrain Hill introduces us to a fascinating visual world created by one of our most exciting and intriguing British artists, Rosa Sepple.
Web Price: £34.99
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