The Permanent Collection on display in the John Madejski Fine Rooms

Thinking through drawing: Chris Wilkinson RA

3 September 2015 to 14 February 2016
Tennant Gallery and Richard Sharp Council Room, Burlington House

Complimentary entry with a valid Royal Academy exhibition ticket or £3 General Admission ticket. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.

Opening times
Tuesday-Friday, 10am-4pm.
Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm.
Closed Monday

Chris Wilkinson RA, King's Cross Gasholders (completion due 2016). Photography: John Bodksin, DawkinsColour. © Chris Wilkinson RA.

This exhibition contains a selection of Wilkinson's sketchbooks, drawings and watercolours from the last 30 years alongside architectural objects. They reveal his design thinking, from initial site studies and early concepts to design development and construction, through projects such as the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, Maggie's Centre in Oxford and the King's Cross Gasholders. > More ...

Free Tours of the Royal Academy

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 RA, including the John Madejski Fine Rooms.

Current displays include paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds, Sir Thomas Lawrence, John Constable, Benjamin West and William Wyllie. 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 ...

Daniel Maclise: The Waterloo Cartoon

Daniel Maclise RA, Cartoon for 'The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher After  the Battle of Waterloo', March 1858- June 1859
In 2015, to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, a rarely exhibited treasure of the RA's Collection, the Daniel Maclise cartoon, The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo, was displayed at the Royal Armouries, Leeds, then at the Royal Academy, after spending decades in storage.

Over 13 metres wide, it is one of the largest cartoons in the UK and was produced in preparation for a prestigious commission in the Houses of Parliament, where the finished wall-painting is still on display. A work of monumental scale and drama it depicts one of the most significant battles in British history in incredible detail.

The cartoon has recently undergone conservation treatment, thanks to funding from the Arts Council England, to allow it to be presented during this significant occasion.

Click on the following link to find out more about this remarkable work and to explore some of the stories, details and secrets hidden within the work as revealed by our curators and conservators. >More ...

Searching the Collections

The Royal Academy Collections include paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, historic books, (i.e. published before 1921), archives, historic photographs and plaster casts. To search any of these categories either use the quick search box at the top of this page 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
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You can also search our modern book collection, (i.e. books published after 1920). Click here to begin searching:

RA Library OPAC

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

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.
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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.

Artist of the Month - February 2016

Thomas Daniell RA, <i>Hindoo Temples at Bindrabund, East Indies</i>, oil on canvas, 1797<br> © Royal Academy of Arts, London

Thomas Daniell RA is best known for his images documenting a geographical and cultural range of sites across the Indian subcontinent. More widely travelled than any of his colonial artist counterparts, Thomas earned the nickname of 'artist-adventurer'.>More....

Object of the Month - February 2016

Basil Beattie, RA (b.1935), Never Before, oil and wax on flax, 2001.  © Royal Academy of Arts, London

Basil Beattie RA, Never Before, oil and wax on flax, 2001
Although the influence of American abstract expressionist painters was strong on Beattie's work, he continued to make reference to the visible world. From the 1980s this often took the form of spatial components such as steps, doors, tunnels or shapes which resembled ziggurats. These paintings explored abstract pictorial spaces and the associated feelings that they engendered.

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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