TEACHING COLLECTIONS

TEACHING COLLECTIONS

One of the founding aims of the RSA was to provide and assist in the training of young artists. As a traditional art academy, teaching was undertaken through engagement with the art of the past.

The RSA assembled collections for study, ranging from casts after antique sculpture, engravings and photographs of old master paintings, colour reproductions, anatomical illustrations, and copies by other artists. These collections create a nationally important overview of the training and development of Scottish artists.

Included are important old master copy paintings by William Etty, John Fredrick Lewis and John Phillip and holdings of 19th century copy engravings and mezzotints after old master and contemporary Scottish and international artists.

The teaching collections form an important link with the rest of the collections, particularly Scholarships and Awards.