Farington, Joseph RA (1747-1821)

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Landscape painter and diarist, Farington was educated in Manchester but went to London in 1763 where he worked at the studio of Richard Wilson. Over the next 3 years he won premiums for landscape drawing fro the Society of Artists, of which he became a member in 1765. He joined the Royal Academy at its inception in 1769 and elected an associate in 1783 and an academician 2 years later. He contributed annually until 1801, then intermittently until 1813. Farington never held a major post within the Academy but played an active role in its affairs. He was on many of the special committees responsible for refining policies, among them the influential hanging committee that regulated the placing of works in the Summer Exhibitions.