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The Royal Academy of Arts (R.A.) is an art institution based in Burlington House on Piccadilly in London. It is as an independent, privately funded institution led by eminent artists and architects. The Royal Academy of Arts purpose is to promote the creation, enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts through exhibitions, education and debate. Burlington House is the well known public venue for the Royal Academy's temporary art exhibitions e.g. in the summer. Burlington House was originally a private Palladian mansion, and was expanded in the mid-19th century after being purchased by the British government. The main building houses the Royal Academy of Arts, but five other learned societies occupy the wings of the courtyard and the Piccadilly wing. These societies, collectively known as the Courtyard Societies are: the Geological Society of London, the Linnean Society of London, Royal Astronomical Society, Society of Antiquaries of London and Royal Society of Chemistry (see below, my first degree was that of chemistry from the Royal Institute of  Chemistry, now incorporated into 'ChemSoc'!)

The entrance and facade of the Royal Academy in Burlington Gardens.

 

The Piccadilly entrance to Burlington House

 

The entrance to Burlington House from inside the courtyard, from which the entrance to the Royal Academy is accessed.

 

'Inflated Star and Wooden Star', from 2014 by Frank Stella. This sculpture, in front of the Royal Academy, is made from polished and patinated aluminium and teakwood.

 

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The 'Inflated Star and Wooden Star' in the courtyard of the Royal Academy.

 

Left: The Royal Academy memorial to the dead of the Artists Rifles of WWI and other artists who lost their lives in WWII

Right: The memorial to Royal Academy students who lost their lives in WWI

 

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Statue of Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), first President of the Royal Academy

 

Reflections of the Royal Academy in the 'Inflated Star'

 

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The painted ceiling in the foyer of the Royal Academy.

 

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Statues of the great artist Thomas Gainsborough and J.M.W. Turner in the Royal Academy.

 

Paintings near the entrance to the 'Grand Cafe'

 

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There are some interesting murals in the Royal Academy's Grand Cafe

 

A most pleasant 'artistic' place to eat.

 

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The GRAND CAFE

 

A marble statue in the Grand cafe

 

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