Family how-to: colour the RA Collection
By RA Learning
Published on 28 March 2018
Have a go at colouring different artworks from the RA Collection! Download a colouring sheet and crack out your pencils and pens.
The Lion and the Fox
Giovanni Mario Verdizotti
Giovanni Mario Verdizzotti was a priest and a scholar as well as a painter, designer and engraver. He made this engraving of a lion and a ball for a book called One Hundred Moral Fables. It was published over 500 years ago in Italy.
Nero at Exeter 'Change
John Frederick Lewis RA
JF Lewis RA sketched this lion at Polito's Menagerie, a zoo that existed 200 years ago in central London. People would go there to see porcupines, ostriches, boa constrictors, lions, tigers, elephants and rhinos.
Cover from 'The animal story book'
Attributed to Henry Justice Ford
Henry Justice Ford was an illustrator. This howling lion was on the cover of The Animal Story Book that he illustrated in 1896.
Head of a hare in profile
Sir Edwin Landseer RA
Sir Edwin Landseer had a passion for drawing animals. He liked to draw the animals he saw around him, at farms or just in the countryside. The RA’s Collection of his drawings includes a menagerie of animals including cattle, pigs and horses as well as cats and dogs.
The Playful Lamb
Cecil Aldin was an English cartoonist and illustrator, best known for his illustrations of animals. This drawing is taken from his book Field Babies, published around 1919.
‘The Pelican made no end of a breakfast’
William Heath Robinson
Here's another illustration by William Heath Robinson. This image is a letterpress page from a book in the RA Collection, Peter Quip in search of a friend.
'Sinbad and the giant egg'
William Heath Robinson
This image is a letterpress page from a book in the RA Collection, The Child’s Arabian Nights by William Heath Robinson. Robinson was an English cartoonist and illustrator who studied in the RA Schools in the late 19th century.
Studio of Benjamin West
Benjamin West was the President of the Royal Academy between 1792-1805. In this painting, he has painted a woman as mother Earth who gazes up as she leans on a big lion. She holds a horn, or cornucopia, full of peaches, grapes and carrots that are being nibbled on by two cheeky rabbits.
Mary Moser RA
Mary Moser was one of the two women who were founding members of the Royal Academy of Arts. She was a flower painter and in the 1790s was asked by Queen Charlotte to design decorations for one of her palaces.
Families visiting the RA
From artist-led workshops to galleries full of art and architecture, and at-home art activities, we have a lot on offer for families – and kids under 16 go free to all RA exhibitions.