Society of British Artists
Group From 1823
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The Royal Society of British Artists was established in 1823 by a small group of artists who wished to form an alternative to the Royal Academy. One of their main concerns was to establish an alternative exhibition venue to the academy and these efforts were rewarded when enough money was raised to commission John Nash to design and build the Society's first gallery in Suffolk Street.
Further confirmation of the important position that the society held in 19th Century Britain was the granting of the Royal Charter by Queen Victoria in August 1887.
Since its foundation the society has had some 36 Presidents, including distinguished names such as James McNeill Whistler, Walter Sickert and more recently Peter Greenham RA.