Art union

a lottery, originally a nongovernment lottery with works of art as prizes.
Historical Examples

This is expected to be of a much higher order than any thing that has yet appeared from any art union in the world.
The International Monthly, Volume 5, No. 3, March, 1852 Various

An art union of his works was talked about; but it fell through.
The Life Of George Cruikshank, Vol. II. (of II) Blanchard Jerrold

He is received into their art union and at the same time wins Eva as his bride.
The Complete Opera Book Gustav Kobb

One of these is the art union, founded in 1840, and maintained entirely by subscriptions to its lottery.
Thomas Davis, Selections from his Prose and Poetry Thomas Davis

The zeal displayed at Regensburg was short-lived; the German art union never met again in general convention.
The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. E. Rameur

A large number of the pictures were disposed of on the principle of an art union.
A Comprehensive History of Norwich A. D. Bayne

A still more brilliant future, however, was in store for the Christian art union.
The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. E. Rameur

As a director of the art union, I was continually studying pictures, landscapes by great artists, and the like.
Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland

The first art union established in Britain was that at Edinburgh in 1834.
The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2 Various

Himioben, of Mayence, was the representative of the art union founded by him in that diocese.
The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. E. Rameur

(Austral & NZ) a lottery, often with prizes other than cash

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