Bob and Roberta Smith RA
Ever since the Royal Academy was founded in 1768, we’ve been collecting artworks, books and artistic materials. Every artist and architect that’s been elected to join us as a Royal Academician has donated an example of their work, known as a Diploma Work, to our Collection.
Our Collection spans 250 years of British art, from Constable and Turner to Hockney and Emin. It now contains about 935 paintings, 350 sculptures, 700 plaster casts, 25,000 prints and drawings and 5,000 historic photographs. Some were acquired as teaching materials for the RA Schools, or simply to inspire the next generation of artists.
You’ll find works from our Collection on display in new public galleries throughout the RA.