With a history stretching back nearly 250 years, the Royal Academy of Arts’ annual Summer Exhibition has withstood world wars and seismic cultural change to remain an uninterrupted fixture in the British art world’s calendar.
Now in its 247th year, 2015′s Summer Exhibition is a meticulously curated selection of works from contemporary artists the world over, some emerging, some established.
But, just what is it that has kept audiences enthralled for centuries? From its inception to the present day form, we look back on a showcase of artistic excellence.
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