Royal Academy token
The Royal Academy in London was, and remains, an establishment where art is created, exhibited and debated. This token admitted Charles Wright to the Royal Academy’s Antique School in 1847. These tickets were given to Royal Academy students from the early 19th century onwards. The rules of the R.A. School stated : ‘When a Student is admitted, he shall receive an Ivory Ticket, marked with his name and the date of his admission. When he attends the Schools, the Lectures, or the Exhibition he shall produce his Ticket to the Doorkeeper, or to any of the Officers of the Academy who may require it, to identify him as a Student.’ The Antique School was the first stage of education at the R.A. Schools. Expert draughtsmanship was essential for aspiring artists at this time and students at the Academy spent up to three years drawing casts before they progressed to life drawing. The token measures 1 and 1/4 inches by 1 and 1/4 inches and comes pierced for suspension on a gold loop.