‘To encourage the appreciation, study and practice of the art of portraiture’
Founded in 1891, the Society is a registered charity with Her Majesty The Queen as its Patron. Early members included John Everett Millais, George Frederick Watts and James McNeil Whistler.
Within its present membership, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters contains a broad collection of stylistic and intellectual approaches that continue to make a significant contribution to the ongoing tradition of portraiture in Britain today. The Society vigorously looks to uphold the values and practices of its long and distinguished history, but at the same time, it seeks to explore and develop new artistic models and perspectives in this endlessly fascinating and relevant discipline. Membership is through election for the merit of work.
- Portrait Exhibitions – Annual exhibition and a permanent collection.
- Prizes – we encourage emerging talent by awarding valuable prizes.
- Learning – we organise talks, debates, lectures and demonstrations.
- Portrait Commissions – We facilitate the commissioning of portraits by providing a service to help anyone who would like to commission a portrait throughout the year from their offices in central London.
PATRONS, OFFICERS & FRIENDS
H.M. The Queen
Anne Beckwith-Smith LVO
Dame Elizabeth Esteve-Coll DBE
Damon de Laszlo
The Hon. Sandra de Laszlo
Sir Christopher Ondaatje OC CBE
Mark Stephens CBE
Daphne J Todd OBE PPRP NEAC HON HON SWA