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SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS,
FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED,
A MEMOIR OF THE AUTHOR;
WITH REMARKS ON HIS PROFESSIONAL CHARACTER,
HIS PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE.
BY HENRY WILLIAM BEECHEY.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
Rew and Improved Edition.
Delivered at the Opening of the Royal Academy, in Somerset Place,
October 16. 1780.
ON THE REMOVAL OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY TO SOMERSET PLACE.
—THE ADVANTAGES TO SOCIETY FROM CULTIVATING INTELLECTUAL PLEASURE.
The honour which the Arts acquire by being permitted to take possession of this noble habitation, is one of the most considerable of the many instances we have received of His Majesty's protection; and the strongest proof of his desire to make the Academy respectable.
Nothing has been left undone, that might contribute to excite our pursuit, or to reward our attainments. We have already the happiness of seeing the Arts in a state to which they never before arrived in this nation. This Building, in which we are now assembled, will remain to many future ages an illustrious specimen of the Architect's* abilities. It is our duty to endeavour that those who gaze with wonder at the structure, may not be disappointed when they visit the apartments. It will be no small addition to the glory which this nation has already acquired from having given birth to eminent men in every part of science, if it should be enabled to produce, in consequence of this institution, a School of English Artists.