To celebrate the Royal anniversary, One Hundred Years: One Hundred Works offers a chance to view the largest ever single showing of works from the RWA’s collection, including some of the leading British artists of the last century. In the 169 years since the RWA was founded, and particularly during the century since gaining Royal status, the Academy has built up an outstanding art collection, comprising more than 1700 works.
Collecting began in 1849 with a bequest of a collection of paintings from benefactor Ellen Sharples and has burgeoned since 1941 when Augusta Talboys, an artist member, left a sum of money for purchases, which has subsequently enabled the collection to acquire over 1000 works.
Featuring works by Gillian Ayres, Vanessa Bell, Elizabeth Blackadder, PJ Crook, Mary Fedden, Duncan Grant, Alethea Garstin, David Inshaw, Richard Long, Danny Markey, Jeanne Du Maurier, Dod Procter, Simon Quadrat, Anne Redpath, Gilbert Spencer and Carel Weight.
The exhibition provides a once-in-a-hundred years chance to view significant works from the RWA collection.
* Please note: to view the exhibition in its entirety, please visit between 2 – 27 October. Outside these dates, one of the three galleries will not be accessible.