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From the Royal Academy to The Queen

Martin Clayton

 224 pages

A stylish snapshot of contemporary British art


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Paperback, 210 × 172 mm
Over 110 colour illustrations

ISBN 978 1 909741 06 5

From its foundation in 1768, the Royal Academy of Arts has had a long and illustrious association with the monarchy. This publication records the Royal Academy’s gift to Her Majesty The Queen to celebrate her Diamond Jubilee – more than one hundred works on paper by the Academicians, from traditional drawings, watercolours and etchings, to acrylics, screenprints, collages and even an iPad drawing.

It demonstrates the unsurpassed vitality of the Royal Academy, and includes works by Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, Richard Long, Zaha Hadid, Grayson Perry and many others.

Martin Clayton is Head of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust. He has published extensively on the drawings in the Royal Collection.

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For the Diamond Jubilee, the Royal Academy of Arts presented over 100 works to The Queen

Highlights from the publication

Anthony Whishaw (b. 1930)

Seated Woman on Sofa/Bed

Humphrey Ocean (b. 1951)

Birds at Ngong

Frederick Cuming (1930-2022)

Studio Evening Moonrise

Sir Michael Hopkins (b. 1935)

Buckingham Palace Ticket Office

Stephen Farthing (b. 1950)

Study for the 5th Miracle Painting

Ken Draper (b. 1944)

Vertical Space

Cornelia Parker (b. 1956)

Spitting Sugar