A Royal Taste: Landscape paintings from the RSA Collections (A Diamond Jubilee Celebration)

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The first of two exhibitions from the RSA collections in 2012 celebrating the Diamond Jubilee explores the development of the relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Scottish Academy, from a visual arts perspective.

Queen Victoria granted the Academy its Royal Charter in 1838, widening her romantic adoration of Scotland in the realm of the arts. Since then, the Royal Family's patronage of Scottish art has continued to flourish, through a tangible connection with an academy of active artists.


On their visits north to Balmoral and Holyrood, the RSA Annual Exhibition has become a regular destination for the Queen and Prince Phillip (himself an Honorary Academician). During each visit they have made acquisitions of work by Scottish artists for their private collection, which express a fascination with the diverse spirit of places found across the Scottish landscape.


The exhibition includes work by Ian Fleming, Frances Walker, James Morrison, John Miller, James Fairgrieve, John Houston and John Busby; artists who define Scottish landscape and its place in the heart of our Queen.