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The Royal College of Art Collection is an invaluable resource of over one thousand works that represent significant developments in British painting from the middle years of the previous century to the present. The collection is made up of works donated by Painting graduates and staff. Examples include works by:

Mummy do they taste nice? by Dinos Chapman
Frank Auerbach                   
Tracey Emin                                 
Chris Ofili
Edward Bawden
Stephen Farthing
John Piper                   
John Bellany
Sophie von Hellermann Eric Ravilious
Peter Blake
David Hockney
William Rothenstein
John Bratby
Leon Kossoff
Jack Smith
Patrick Caulfield
John Minton
Richard Smith
Dinos Chapman
Rodrigo Moynihan
Tim Stoner
Graham Crowley
Paul Nash
Carel Weight
Robin Darwin


The Collection began when the painter Sir William Rothenstein was appointed Rector in 1920, but the major developments were made from 1948 following the appointment of Sir Robin Darwin, who personally made several significant contributions, such as Stanley Spencer's The Wine Harvest and Walter Sickert's Conversation/ Study for l'Attain de CamdenTown.

Indian Elephant by Edward Bawden

The Collection covers several particularly vibrant periods in the history of painting at the RCA including works from the Kitchen Sink School of the 1950s, British Pop Art of the 1960s and the YBAs (Young British Artists) of the late '80s and early '90s.

The artists represented in the Collection are of historical and contemporary interest, nationally and internationally, and a significant resource for those wishing to understand the development of British painting since the 1950s.

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Under College Regulations all works donated to the Collection by graduates remain the copyright of the Royal College of Art. Every effort has been made to trace the copyright holders of other images and to provide accurate information on all entries. If there are omissions or inaccuracies please let us know so that the necessary corrections can be made.

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I'm in the Mood for Love, by David Hockney Portrait of John Minton by Lucian Freud

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