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Royal Academy Pictures Magazine

October 29, 2010

As an extension to the previous post, I would like to recommend another 19th century art theme publication that can be found at Archive.org, the Royal Academy Pictures, which began as a supplement to The Magazine of Art in the 1870s and then became an independent magazine on its own when the other folded. It later changed it’s name to Royal Academy Illustrated and is still in publication today showcasing artists from the Royal Academy of Arts in London.



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Unlike the Magazine of Art, the RAP just contains pictures without any articles, and all are photographic prints instead of engravings. Most of the illustrations are black and white with an occasional one in four- color. The printing is not of very good quality, but is still worthwhile to study.


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I’m guessing the early scans come from the American copies, since the dimensions listed below each image appear to be in inches and feet. Some of the names that appear are familiar ones to me, like Edmund Leighton, John Waterhouse, Frank Brangwyn, William Orpen, Harold Speed, and Stanhope Forbes, but it’s fascinating to see names that I never would have known about otherwise, which can improve my research. I’m particularly interested in John Collier and George Clausen’s work. Hopefully I can find some full color scans of them. The style changes that show up in the issues from the 1920s show Modern influences starting to creep in.



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As an added bonus check out these Pall Mall Extra magazine files below, which was another art print magazine in circulation at that time. There’s an ad in Volume May 1909 issue (page n35) that mentions the Miehle two-revolution press that was used to make that very edition.



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Again, I recommend viewing these files at the Archive.org site by using their online viewer instead of bothering to download the PDFs (click “Read Online”.) Zoom them up to 100% and save the JPG images for easier viewing.


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For further reading on this subject and time period in British art look for the book “Narrating Modernity: the British Problem Picture, 1895-1914” by Pamela M. Fletcher. You can read much of the text of it at Google books.

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One comment

  1. Addendum:
    I had meant to include a link to more information about the Miehle press mentioned above, so I’ll just add it here:
    http://tinyurl.com/2cmcd8w

    Also, there are many other interesting uploads from the Robarts Library at Archive.org worth looking through.
    http://www.archive.org/details/robarts



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