This fine example of the Corinthian order of architecture is in New Street; and the model followed is that of the splendid Temple of Jupiter Stator. It was completed in 1829, and is most admirably adapted for the exhibition of pictures, the three large rooms being all that could be desired. Two exhibitions – the Spring and Autumn – are held in each year. Membership is confined to artists, and the funds are applied exclusively to the promotion and encouragement of art.
Source: The Foresters’ Guide to Birmingham and Its Neighbourhood. Presented by the Demonstration Committee to the Delegates In High Court Meeting, Assembled in Birmingham, August, 1883.Specially Prepared For the Occasion by John Alfred Langford, LL.D; F.R.H.S. Birmingham: James Upton, Baskerville Printing Works, Great Charles Street. 1883