Art: British Academy

Normally the opening of London's Royal Academy show in venerable Burlington House is the opening gun of London's social season, one of the great events of the year. But not in Coronation Year. The 169th Royal Academy exhibition has been officially open for a month, yet not until last week did attendance figures begin to approach normal. Having shaken the Coronation confetti out of their hair, the public trooped in to see what, after sitting for .weeks in solemn judgment, the Academy's hanging committee had chosen.

On view were 1,500 works by 1,000 British artists. As a Coronation gesture the Central Hall...

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