This summer, as Britain celebrates The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Royal Academy is marking the occasion with a series of displays and events.
Peter Greenham’s Study for a Portrait of Her Majesty The Queen (1964) is on show in the entrance hall, while displays in the John Madejski Fine Rooms celebrate the long-standing connection between the monarchy and the Academy from its foundation in 1768 to the present day.
The Queen’s Artists
In the John Madejski Fine Rooms
Supported by the Royal Mint Museum
This display includes paintings by Royal Academicians such as Frederick Gore, L. S. Lowry and Ruskin Spear, who were all elected during the early years of the Queen’s reign. Subjects range from Richard Eurich’s fanciful reminiscence of a summer spent in Whitby in 1911 to Carel Weight’s depiction of people observing the two minute silence on Remembrance Sunday.
A fascinating selection of sculptures, paintings and drawings prepared by Royal Academicians for the nation’s coinage and royal seals, on loan from the Royal Mint Museum, is on show in the Saloon. Portraits of the Queen by Edward Bawden and Sir Charles Wheeler, never before shown in public, are exhibited alongside designs by current Royal Academicians James Butler, Tom Phillips and Christopher Le Brun PRA. Sir Anthony Caro’s new coin design for the London 2012 Games is also on show.
The King’s Artists: George III's Academy
In the Tennant Gallery
Supported by Lowell Libson Ltd
'The King’s Artists' brings to light George III's instrumental role in the foundation of the Royal Academy in 1768. Included in the exhibition is a newly discovered pencil study by Sir Joshua Reynolds for his grand portrait of the monarch, which is shown for the first time alongside the finished oil painting. The display continues until 21 October.
Opening hours for the John Madejski Fine Rooms
Saturday and Sunday, 10am–6pm
Admission with a valid Royal Academy Exhibition ticket or £3 General Admission ticket. Friends visit free.