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Francis Milner Newton, 1720-1794
Francis Milner Newton was a pupil of the German artist Marcus Tuscher (1705-1751) and he also studied at the St Martin's Lane Academy, London. Newton became a professional portrait painter, but he also played an important role in the formation and organisation of art institutions. In 1753 he was involved in formulating the initial plans for a national academy of art. Later he became the first Secretary of the Royal Academy.
D360 A View of Hounslow Heath, London, Private Collection
St Martin's Lane Academy; Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce; Incorporated Society of Artists; Royal Academy.