The Permanent Collection on display in the John Madejski Fine Rooms

An Abiding Standard: The Prints of Stanley Anderson RA

25 February to 24 May 2015
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.

Stanley Anderson RA, The Farm Hand, 1933. © Stanley Anderson Estate.
A key figure in the revival of line engraving in the 1920s, Stanley Anderson RA (1884-1966) is best known for his series of prints memorialising England's vanishing rural crafts.

This exhibition considers Anderson's engravings alongside earlier, lesser-known works in a printmaking career spanning nearly half a century: drypoints of continental market scenes, etchings of down and outs in 1920s London, and alternative city views of construction and demolition sites.
Sceptical of progress, Anderson commented on and countered the spiritual emptiness, emotional detachment and elitism he regarded to be the hallmarks of modernity.

An Abiding Standard coincides with the publication of Stanley Anderson. Prints: A Catalogue Raisonné by the exhibition curators Robert Meyrick and Harry Heuser, published by the Royal Academy of Arts, available from the RA shop and online. More...

Collections Free Lunchtime Lecture
Reynolds Room, Burlington House. Monday 27 April 2015, 1-2pm. Free with an exhibition ticket; booking required. Book now...

Curator's Collection Talks
Professor Robert Meyrick and Dr Harry Heuser, co-curators of the exhibition. Free with an exhibition ticket; no booking required.

Tuesday 3 March 2015, 3-3.30pm
Tuesday 7 April 2015, 3-3.30pm

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 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.

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
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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 - March 2015

Stanley Anderson RA (1884-1966) <i>The Wheelwright </i>, line-engraving, 1939<br> © Royal Academy of Arts, London

Stanley Anderson was a painter and printmaker who was one of the first artists to promote the modern revival of line engraving in Britain. Today he is best-known for his prints featuring workers and craftsmen of England's traditional farming and handiwork practices.

Object of the Month - March 2015

Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA (1723-1792) <i>Studio Experiments in Colour and Media</i>, oil on canvas, c. 1770s-1780s (?)<br> © Royal Academy of Arts, London

Reynolds was well-known amongst his contemporaries for his bold experimentation with painting techniques and media. This canvas was used by Reynolds to test different combinations of colours and varnishes. >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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