The Permanent Collection on display in the John Madejski Fine Rooms

Bill Jacklin RA: The Graphic Work 1961-2016

3 June to 28 August 2016
The John Madejski Fine Rooms, 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 with a fee-paying adult.

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

Bill Jacklin RA, Stars and Sea at Night XIII, 2016. Monoprint. © Bill Jacklin, Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art, London.

For Bill Jacklin RA, draughtsmanship is at the heart of his work: “It is the conduit through which I see the world.” Through drawing and experimenting with different print techniques, he captures the light and atmosphere of his subjects, always looking, he explains, “for the magic”.

This exhibition is the first ever retrospective of Jacklin’s graphic work. It includes his experiments with etchings in the 1960s through to monotypes newly created for this show. The subjects he depicts range from intense studies of his dying father to joyous representations of his adopted home – New York, the city he moved to 30 years ago. His themes are people, light and movement whether they are the bustling crowds of Grand Central Station or skaters in Central Park. 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 ...

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.

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.

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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 - August 2016

John Bellany RA, <i>Self-portrait of John Bellany RA</i>, oil on board, 1966 © Royal Academy of Arts, London

John Bellany grew up in the East Lothian fishing community of Port Seton, and both the sea and his strict Calvinist upbringing were to be the greatest influences on his life and work. He once said that "I love to paint. At heart, however, I am a mariner".>More....

Object of the Month - August 2016

Frederic Lord Leighton PRA, Leaf from a sketchbook, depicting a standing female figure viewed from the back, pencil on wove paper, 1870s or early 1880s © Royal Academy of Arts, London

Draughtsmanship was an essential part of Leighton's artistic practice and he placed great value on his drawings. The Royal Academy has over 40 sketchbooks owned and used by Leighton throughout his career, dating from the early 1850s when he first began exhibiting at the Summer Exhibition, up until the 1890s, when he was one of the most distinguished and successful artists of the Victorian period and President of the Royal Academy.

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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