The Permanent Collection on display in the John Madejski Fine Rooms

Charles Stewart: Black and White Gothic

20 December 2014 to 15 February 2015
Tennant Gallery, Burlington House

Complimentary entry with a valid Royal Academy exhibition ticket or £3 General Admission ticket. Friends of the RA go free.

Opening times
Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-6.00pm

Charles Stewart, Illustration from 'Uncle Silas'
Unsettling, otherworldly and murderous scenarios are dramatically played out in Charles Stewart’s deceptively simple book illustrations, striking examples of the neglected British tradition of black and white book art.

Illustrator Charles Stewart (1915-2001) was haunted by the Victorian novel Uncle Silas (1864) for over 40 years. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's tale of Maud Ruthyn, a naïve heiress in peril, inspired Stewart to produce a set of 30 full-page pen and ink drawings, in the manner of the great graphic artists of the nineteenth century. More...

Collections Free Lunchtime Lecture
Reynolds Room, Burlington House. Monday 19 January 2015, 1-2pm. Free with an exhibition ticket; booking required. Book now...

Discover Charles Stewart's illustrations with exhibition curator Amanda Doran and former editor of the Folio Society, Sue Bradbury. More...

Free Gallery Tours

John Constable RA, Cloud Study, Hampstead, Tree at Right, 1821 [detail]

See highlights from the Royal Academy's collection, find out more about the history of the institution and explore its home, Burlington House, on a free guided tour of the John Madejski Fine Rooms.

Current displays include paintings from the 1950s to 1980s by Carel Weight, Frederick Gore, Ruskin Spear and Richard Eurich. There is also a chance to see W.P. Frith's Private View at the Royal Academy 1881 (on loan from the Pope Family Trust) alongside works by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, G.F. Watts and Briton Riviere. >More ...

Constable's paintings

John Constable RA, The Leaping Horse [detail], oil on canvas, 1825. © Royal Academy of Arts, London.

In the section on Constable's Paintings you can explore paintings by John Constable in the Royal Academy Collection. You can also watch videos of MaryAnne Stevens and Michael Rosenthal discussing Constable's work in relation to his observations of different weather conditions on the landscape, the oil sketches he made around Hampstead and his great masterpiece, The Leaping Horse.

Royal Academy Winter Exhibition Catalogues now online

Front cover of RA Winter Exhibition Catalogue 1926 - Exhibition of Works by the late John  S. Sargent RA
The Royal Academy of Arts Winter loan Exhibition catalogues from their inception in 1870 to 1939 have been digitised and are now available to search and browse online.

For the first 100 years of its existence, the Royal Academy organised just one exhibition each year, the annual, Summer exhibition. It wasn’t until 1870, coinciding with its move to Burlington House, that the RA began organising an annual loan exhibition of Old Masters and works by recently deceased British artists, known from its inception and for many years as the Winter Exhibition. After World War 1 the Winter Exhibitions programme became far more ambitious and included major surveys of Italian, Dutch, Flemish, Spanish, French, Persian and British art. Also for the first time, illustrated catalogues were produced.

Click here to begin browsing the catalogues.
Click here to begin searching the catalogues.

The project has been funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.


RA Collections in Focus

RA Collections Guide

Click here to download an introductory guide (4.5 MB) to the Royal Academy's collection of paintings, sculptures and works on paper. A printed copy of this guide is given out free to teachers and full-time students with ID at the RA Learning Desk and is available to other visitors for purchase from the RA Shop.

Searching the Collections

The Royal Academy Collections include paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, historic books, archives, historic photographs and plaster casts. To search any of these categories either use the quick search box above or for more advanced searches visit Search all collections to search across all media, or narrow your search by choosing to search Works of art, Books or Archives. Alternatively you can browse by the Name A-Z
or visit Help.

Currently, only works of art which have been digitised are available on the website. More images are added each month, and in due course all records will be made available.

Works of art are mainly by British artists from the 18th century to the present day. >More...

The Library and Archive form one of the most significant resources for the study of British Art from 1760 onwards. >More...

Artist of the Month - January 2015

Jean Cooke RA, Blast Boadicea, oil on canvas, 1960. © Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Jean Cooke RA (1927-2008)
Jean Cooke studied at Central School of Arts and Crafts and at the Royal College of Art. Her first solo exhibition was held at the Establishment Club in 1963. Jean Cooke has painted many portraits of her family and explored her own image through a series of self-portraits, of which the Royal Academy have three in their collection.>More....

Object of the Month - January 2015

Barbara Rae RA, <i>Winter Light, Lammermoor</i>, acrylic and collage on canvas, 1997<br>© Royal Academy of Arts, London

This painting was based on drawings made in January and February 1997 at the Lammermuir Hills in Scotland. >More....

RA Collection Prints

Frederick Gore RA, Mountain Landscape, Majorca, oil on canvas, ca. 1960. © Royal Academy of Arts, London

Order bespoke art prints, canvases and framed reproductions from the Royal Academy Collection. Over the coming months we will be adding many more images from the collection.

For reproduction rights, please contact the Picture Library.


Benjamin West PRA - History Painter to the King

Loyd Grossman discusses Benjamin West PRA

Watch a series of interviews in which Loyd Grossman and Curators from the Collection discuss Benjamin West’s meteoric career, his apocalyptic subjects and a satirical print which reveals how West and other Academicians were duped into buying a fake manuscript which purported to reveal the secret techniques of the Old Masters. More>

Royal Academy Collections awarded Designation Status

The Collection, Library and Archives of the Royal Academy have been awarded national Designation status, identifying them as pre-eminent in their field and recognising their international importance. Designation is a mark of excellence, not only for the collection but also for the institution since, it must demonstrate its ability to care for a collection of national importance. The award places the RA’s collections on a par with other non-national museums, such as the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Courtauld Institute.

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