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Friendly critics 1882 - 1883

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This painting shows the Edinburgh studio of Charles Martin Hardie. Standing on the left, Hardie is showing one of his paintings to a group of his fellow artists. To the right of Hardie stands Alexander Anderson, with his pipe in hand. Robert Noble is seated at the front of the scene, with George Whitton Johnstone leaning over his shoulder and John Simpson Fraser standing by. The sculptor, Thomas Burnett, is by the fireplace. When the picture was shown at the Royal Scottish Academy in 1883, the public were delighted with this glimpse of Bohemian life.

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Royal Scottish Academy

The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) was formed in Edinburgh in 1826 by Scottish artists who felt alienated by what they perceived as the elitism of the Royal Institution and its management of contemporary art exhibitions. In 1835, the RSA secured exhibition rights in the Royal Institution building, which had been erected on The Mound by the Board of Manufactures in 1826. The RSA and the Board frequently argued over responsibilities for advanced art education. From 1859, the RSA shared the premises of the new National Gallery of Scotland under the Board’s custody. In 1910, after transferring most of its art collections to the Gallery, the RSA gained exclusive tenancy of the former Royal Institution building, where it continues to hold large-scale annual exhibitions.

Royal Scottish Academy


  • Acc. No. PG 2460
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 102.20 x 132.20 cm (framed: 137.80 x 168.30 x 14.50 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1980