The Permanent Collection on display in the John Madejski Fine RoomsBill 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.
Wednesday - Friday, 10am-6pm. Saturday and Sunday, 10am-6pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday
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 > ...
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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 ...
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Royal Academy Winter Exhibition Catalogues now online
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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RA Collections in Focus
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 - July 2016
Serres was the only marine painter to be included among the Founder Members of the Royal Academy. He was born in Gascony, France, and despite his parents' wishes for him to join the church, he ran away on to a ship bound for South America. He ended up in Havana, Cuba, where he was taken prisoner by a British frigate and was brought to England in the 1750s. >More....
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Benjamin West PRA - History Painter to the King
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 StatusThe 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.