‚ABOVE THE LINE‘ Curated by Mark Gisbourne

The Courtauld Institute of Art, The Strand, London (the original Royal Academy, built by Sir William Chambers RA, in 1768), where the hanging room and line, the source and title 'Above the Line' of the current exhibition exists today.

'ABOVE THE LINE' Curated by Mark Gisbourne

Mr Gainsborough presents his compliments to The Gentlemen appointed to hang the Pictures at the Royal Academy; and he begs leave to hint to Them, that if The Royal Family, which has been sent for this Exhibition are hung above the line along with full lengths, he never more, whilst he breaths, will send another Picture to the Exhibition—This he swears by God.


 Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88), Letter to the Hanging Committee (1783) [1]

[1] See David H. Solkin (ed), Art on the Line: The Royal Academy Exhibitions at Somerset House 1780-1836, Newhaven and London, Yale University Press, 2001