Our Paintings

The Society has been collecting paintings since the 18th century, most acquired as gifts or bequests from Fellows. The most significant was a collection of 15th- and 16th-century historical portraits bequeathed in 1828 by Thomas Kerrich. They include many British monarchs, with possibly the earliest surviving version of a portrait of Richard III and a stunning portrait of Mary I by Hans Eworth. The collection also includes portraits of Fellows and antiquaries as well as subject paintings, such as a view of Richmond Palace, which is a valuable record of a building that no longer exists. The earliest painting in the collection is The Dream of the Virgin by Simone dei Crocefissi, dated c. 1365–80, which is on long-term loan to the National Gallery, London.

All of our paintings can be viewed through the Art UK website.

See the Burlington House collection on Art UK See the Kelmscott Manor collection on Art UK

Enquiries about obtaining images of our paintings for commercial use should be made to the Bridgeman Art Library.

Learn more about our Museum Image Services.