The Royal College of Music has an internationally significant collection of paintings celebrating music, musicians and patrons of music.
The collection can be viewed online at BBC Your Paintings.
Notable portraits include the Czech pianist and composer Jan Ladislav Dussek, by Henri-Pierre Danloux; the world-famous castrato Farinelli, by Bartolomeo Nazari; and Joseph Haydn, painted by Thomas Hardy during the composer’s first visit to London in 1791. The RCM has also commissioned a number of portraits of people closely associated with the College, including Ralph Vaughan Williams and Herbert Howells.
Images from the Museum collections can be licensed for reproduction through the ArenaPAL image library. Currently available material includes:
- Images from the collections of instruments and portraits
- Carte de visite (visiting cards) of eminent 19th century musicians and other historical figures
- 'Spy' caricatures of musicians from Vanity Fair, 1873–1911
- Late 19th/early 20th century photographs and postcards from the Bayreuth Opera House and Festival
To view the materials, or to make an enquiry about image reproduction, please visit our collections’ partner ArenaPAL.