George Dance

11. Settling the Catalogue


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
George Dance 1741–1825
Graphite on paper
Support: 209 × 203 mm
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996

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The most complex task undertaken by Royal Academicians was arranging the works of art which were submitted for the annual exhibition at Somerset House. A hanging committee of three Academicians would oversee the arrangement of the display. In 1795 George Dance was a member of this committee. In this sketch, Dance shows the moment when all the pictures had been hung. The Secretary to the Academy, John Inigo Richards, is checking the final details of the catalogue with its printer Joseph Cooper. George Dance was an architect, but like his brother Nathaniel (see nos 31a,b), he was an accomplished portraitist and witty caricaturist.

Gallery label, August 2004

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