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The Company of Artists by Charles Saumarez Smith

Charles Saumarez Smith signing copies of his book

On 15 October, we launched The Company of Artists by the Royal Academy’s Secretary and Chief Executive, Charles Saumarez Smith. Published by Modern Art Press and designed by legendary book designer Derek Birdsell, The Company of Artists is a colourful story of the Royal patronage, politics and ego that, in 1768, led to the establishment of the RA - an institution that changed the practice and perception of British art forever.Highlights of the campaign included setting up a book event at Cheltenham Literature Festival, getting Charles to write the Diary for the Financial Times Life & Arts and a think piece for The Independent, arranging a discussion about female academicians on BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and securing reviews in titles ranging from The Guardian and Times Literary Supplement to The Art Newspaper and Museums Journal.The book launch at the RA brought together all sorts of cultural luminaries such as Royal Academicians Grayson Perry and Howard Hodgkin, broadcasters Loyd Grossman and Sir John Tusa and museum and gallery Directors Nick Serota and Neil MacGregor and author Julian Barnes.Charles is now in New York for the US launch of his book, which started on Monday with a lecture at Yale Center for British Art in New Haven and will end with a talk and book signing at Sotheby’s Institute.

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