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Excerpt from Early Exhibitions of Art in Liverpool: With Some Notes for a Memoir of George Stubbs, R. A
Not in music only, but in sister arts, Liverpool took a lead as honourable as surprising. Many towns in England were both larger and richer in 1768; some had greater repute for enterprise, others had powerful patrons. But the establishment of the Royal Academy at London produced its imme diate result on the Mersey. Within twelve months of the granting of its Charter, that is, in 1769, certain gentlemen of Liverpool resolved to make an effort in the same direction. They formed a society, and took an 'academy Room' at No. 30 John Street. The movement as yet was almost confined to drawing-masters and others who had a business interest in the arts. The most of those who engaged in this early attempt will come before us hereafter in connection with the later scheme. What details of their individuality Mr. Mayer or Mr. Picton have been able to recover will be duly set out. The diligence of this latter gentleman, in collecting facts and illustrations of old Liverpool, is surprising, and his lively 'memorials' contrast with the dull monuments of erudition to which we are accustomed. Mr. P. P. Burdett was Pre sident of the Society, which had twenty-one mem bers, viz.
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