North British Academy of Arts


North British Academy of Arts

Coordinates: 54°58′44″N 1°36′47″W / 54.979°N 1.613°W / 54.979; -1.613 The North British Academy of Arts (1908 - ca. 1923) was an art institution of Newcastle upon Tyne in northern England.

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Overview

The Academy, sometimes known as the North British Academy of Arts, Science, Literature, and Music, was located in the Claremount Buildings on the western side of Barras Bridge on the corner with Eldon Place in Newcastle-on-Tyne, which is now opposite the County Council Offices. It was founded in 1908, incorporated in 1913, and was still extant in 1921, but was defunct by 1925. William James Morgan (1850-1923) was the secretary throughout the life of the academy. At various times, Henry John Brinsley Manners (1852-1925), the 8th Duke of Rutland, was its president. [1]

Fellows of the academy were entitled to append F.N.B.A. to their names, and exhibitions of the works of members were held.

Exhibitions

Eight exhibitions were held by the Academy before the Great War. [2]

Exhibition Location Town Dates
1
Academy of Arts Gallery Newcastle-upon-Tyne 3-24 Feb 1909
2
Corporation Art Gallery City of York 24 Jan-19 Feb 1910
3
Royal Society of British Artists London 29 Aug-19 Sep 1910
4
Corporation Art Gallery City of York 3 Jul-12 Aug 1911
5
Towneley Hall Art Gallery & Museums Burnley 5 Mar-27 Apr 1912
6
Crystal Palace London 1 Nov-31 Dec 1912
8
Crystal Palace London 6 Apr-8 Aug 1914

Members

Notable men and women were invited to become members, including:

  • Sir Robert Lorimer - Scottish architect. [3]
  • James William Lowber - Anthropologist of Austin Texas, also elected a fellow and councilor in 1910. [4]
  • Georgina Bainsmith - Cornish sculptor, also elected a fellow and councilor. [5]
  • Nestor Cambier - Belgium painter and draftsman, from 1923. [6]
  • Henry Robinson Hall - Lancastrian, Yorkshire and Northumbrian painter, from 1910. [7]
  • Lillian Heatley - Wife of painter Harold Swanwick [8]
  • Charles Francis Brush - American pioneer in the commercial development of electricity. [9]
  • Frances Anne Hopkins - Canadian and British painter who exhibited at the York Exhibition of 1910. [10]
  • Ernest Christie - Surrey painter. [11]
  • Ralph Adams Cram - American architect of collegiate and ecclesiastical buildings. [12]
  • Thomas Phillips Honey - Financier, banker and company director. [13]
  • Chow Cheong Ling - Chinese diplomat, district customs officer, company director and merchant.[14]
  • Francis Henry Lenygon - Decorator and furnisher in London and New York NY. [15]
  • Edward Enoch Anderson - Yorkshire artist of the Staithes group elected to honorary membership in 1909 and later became vice-president. [16]
  • William James Morgan (1849-1923) - Secretary throughout the life of the Society. [1]

A list of members can be found in the first Exhibition Catalog. [2]

Publications

Publications [1] by the academy included:

  • Inaugural Address by Sir W. Richmond.
  • Journal and Transactions of the N.B.A (1909-1913).
  • Annual Report (1918, 1921).
  • Catalogue of the Pictures Exhibited by Members at the Different Exhibitions Held During the Year (1918, 1921).

And also

  • Jeffrey Marden, Surgeon - A Novel by E.N. Blamey (1913). [17]
  • Exhibition Catalogues (1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1914). [2]

Awards

Awards by the academy included:

  • A gold medal and honorary fellowship offered in 1909 to the first British aviator who flew a British-made machine between Newcastle and London. [18]

References

  1. ^ a b c The Official Year-Book of the Scientific and Learned Societies of Great Britain and Ireland, Charles Griffin & Co. Ltd., London 1910-1921.
  2. ^ a b c Catalogue of the National Art Library
  3. ^ Sir Robert Lorimer Papers, Gen. 1963/1-68 MSS 2482-2494, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh.
  4. ^ Anthropologic Miscellanea, American Anthropologist, 12(1): 118-140.
  5. ^ Memoir and Letters of Francis W. Newman
  6. ^ Nestor Cambier
  7. ^ Paintings authenticated by HR Hall, BDB17/SP3/61, Cumbria County Record Office, Barrow-in-Furness, 1910.
  8. ^ Membership Certificate dated 29 December 1909
  9. ^ A Concise Genealogy of Isaac Elbert Brush & Delia Williams Phillips, His Wife, and of Their Descendants, privately published, Cleveland (OH) 1932.
  10. ^ "A Garden in Sark" by Frances Anne Hopkins. There is a North British Academy York Exhibition 1910 label on the reverse side of this watercolor painting.
  11. ^ Exploring Surreys Past - Ernest Christie
  12. ^ New Architect of St. John's Cathedral in Oswego Daily Times, 22 September 1911, Page 7d
  13. ^ Men of 1914: An Accurate Biographical Record of Prominent Men in All Walks of Life Who Have Achieved Success in Their Chosen Vocations in the Various Civil, Industrial, and Commercial Lines of Activity, American Publishers' Association, Chicago 1915.
  14. ^ Document III.1: Mr. Chou Show Son p118-9 in A Documentary History of Hong Kong Society, ed David Faure, Hong Kong University Press, Hong Kong 1997.
  15. ^ Francis Henry Lenygon 1877-1943: From Lincoln to Long Island - A Transatlantic Story of a Lincoln Choirister
  16. ^ Edward Enoch Anderson RBA 1878-1961
  17. ^ British Library Catalogue Call Number NN.1315
  18. ^ More Encouragement for British Flyers p560 in Flight - Official Organ of the Aero Club of the United Kingdom, 11 September 1909.

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