The Royal Academy’s collection concentrates mainly on art works by Royal Academicians from 1768 to the present. It also holds many items relating to the institution’s history as an art school including plaster casts, paintings, drawings, books and prints. In the latter category are over 200 prints by and after Dutch and Flemish artists dating from the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries. None of these are on permanent display but some can be seen on the RA Collection website and all can be viewed by appointment. Highlights include etchings by Rembrandt, a rare impression of a Family Saying Grace by Claes Jansz Visscher (1609) and a large-scale print of Fortuna by Jan Muller after Cornelis van Haarlem.
Annette Wickham, Curator of Works on Paper, October 2021