Probably easy questions but I looked online and I'm not really getting answers.
I was wondering how the Royal Academy operated in the 18th and 19th centuries. I know they had a yearly exhibition. I was wondering if the work that was exhibited had to be first accepted and the artist had to be a member to even showcase their art there.
I have alphabetical catalogs of artists at the Royal Academy and they list every piece of art they submitted there over the course of their lifetime by year. It seems like lots and lots of paintings, many of which might not exist anymore or are "lost."
I have 2 paintings that were exhibited in 1860 and 1868 so I was kind of curious how the RA used to function back then. Does having Royal Academy exhibited status help the value? I'd assume so in most cases because I've always been under the impression that artists would reserve their better work for that show. I've collected a lot of paintings over the years and not so many seem to come up at auction I've noticed.