Inky depths - UK [ART BOOKS]
The Company of Artists - Charles Saumarez Smith
Charles Saumarez Smith knows the company of artists well enough to also know that calling his new book on the early years of London’s Royal Academy of Arts The Company of Artists isn’t a bad sell.
After all, artists are an amusing bunch; you tend to get an equal amount of miscreant with your creant. The major artistic themes of the 18th and 19th centuries are observed and the key players nodded to, but the book is best on the politics and exploded stuffiness…