The Permanent Collection on display in the John Madejski Fine Rooms

Dream, Draw, Work: Architectural Drawings by Norman Shaw RA

30 May - 14 September 2014
Tennant Gallery and Architecture Space

Admission with a valid Royal Academy Exhibition ticket or £3 General Admission ticket. Friends visit free.

Opening times
Tuesday–Friday, 10am-4.00pm
Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm

Please note: We will be closed on 4 June from 1pm and all day on 23 June

Design for 39 Frognal, Hampstead, London NW3: elevations of five fire-places and one plan, 23 October 1884. Richard Norman Shaw RA. © Royal Academy of Arts, London

Shaw designed great country houses like Cragside in Northumberland (now National Trust), rebuilt the area around London's Piccadilly Circus and created gracious renovations like the addition to the Royal Academy of the restaurant and new galleries. With a fascinating array of drawings surviving from Shaw's office in the Royal Academy's own collections - from working drawings to dazzling perspectives - this exhibition explores the materials, draughtsmanship and design practices of Shaw and his small but brilliant staff. An additional display in the Architecture Space explores Shaw's work in London and at the Royal Academy. Supported by Lowell Libson Ltd. and the Collections and Library Supporters Circle. >More...

A talk by Neil Bingham, curator of the exhibition
Tuesday 3rd June, 3.00-3.30pm. Tennant Gallery. Free with an exhibition ticket; no booking required

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 ...

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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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 - September 2014

David Wilkie Wynfield <i>John Phillip RA</i>, albumen print, early 1860s <br>© Royal Academy of Arts, London

Born in Aberdeen, John Phillip RA (1817-1867) spent his youth variously apprenticed to a tinsmith, a glazier and a house painter. He became interested in art at a young age and in 1834 stowed away on the brig 'Manly' to London in order to visit the Royal Academy Exhibition. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1837.>More....

Object of the Month - September 2014

L. S. Lowry RA, <i>Station Approach</i>, oil on canvas, 1962 © Royal Academy of Arts, London.

L.S. Lowry (1887-1976) is remembered for his highly individual portrayals of industrial Manchester and Salford. His considerable output, which also included landscapes, coastal scenes and figure studies, is particularly remarkable given that he held down a full-time job as a rent collector for over 40 years. Lowry kept this occupation secret to avoid being known as a 'Sunday painter' , often painting his canvases late into the night. Unsurprisingly, he described this pursuit as 'damned hard work'. >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>

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.