The Company of Artists – ‘well told and beautifully drawn’

‘Charles Saumarez Smith knows the company of artists well enough to know that artists are an amusing bunch; you tend to get a lot of miscreant with your creant. The major artistic themes of the 18th and 19th centuries are observed and the key players nodded to, but the book is best on the politics and exploded stuffiness of an institution that stands for both creativity and the Establishment. This is well told and beautifully drawn – and it seems that the best way to live in the titular fellowship is to open a bottle of something strong’, Monocle

Reviews of The Company of Artists


‘Art politically momentous: bringing the then so vividly to life, throws a spotlight on our – and the Academy’s – now’, Michael Daley, The Jackdaw

The Company of Artists is to the art community what The First Three Minutes is to the science world. A real insider’s view, this elegant, illuminating and often amusing account of the Royal Academy’s early history brings to life the characters involved and its surprisingly tumultuous beginning’,  Finch’s Quarterly Review

‘Saumarez Smith writes with verve and enthusiasm, evoking the period with curious anecdotes and pungent quotations. For anyone interested in the RA’s history, this is essential reading’, Giles Waterfield, RA Magazine

John Nicoll becomes chairman of Modern Art Press

John Nicoll, the former owner of Frances Lincoln Ltd and director of Yale University Press, has accepted the position of chairman of Modern Art Press. He takes over from Professor Brian Allen, who stepped down earlier in the year after five years at the helm.

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