A SHILLING WELL LAID OUT. Tom and Jerry at the Exhibition of Pictures at the Royal Academy

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The Annual Exhibition of the Royal Academy made art more accessible to the public with an admission price of a shilling. It was an extremely valuable aesthetic experience and perhaps an even richer social one. Tom and Jerry make their appearance at the Exhibition not to view the spectacle of paintings, but rather the spectators who come to view them. Thus, this image offers instances of both real and faux connoisseurship as well as proper and errant spectatorship.