Founded by King George III in 1768, the Royal Academy of Arts has been a beacon of creative excellence for over 200 years and continues this tradition today.
The institution's very first Summer Exhibition took place in 1769 and has been held every year ever since with the key aim of showcasing noteworthy works from all sorts of artists for the public to see.
Each year, the Summer Exhibition Selection and Hanging Committee whittle down tens of thousands of entries and are faced with the task of effectively arranging these distinct works in a way which feels coherent to the viewing public.
Shrouded by heritage and tradition, today's Summer Exhibition shares many of the idiosyncrasies and eccentricities which have defined the showcase over the years. Perhaps the most memorable of these is the tradition of drinking a sherry-infused beef tea during the hanging of works by the Committee.