Front page of The Studio magazine featuring the Royal Society of Portrait Painters

The history of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters dates back the 1890’s. During the last quarter of the 19th century, interest in portrait painting revived. It not only became fashionable to commission portraits as a means of celebrating and honouring those of high rank or achievement, but it was becoming a genre worthy of critical attention.

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