On display from the 25th September, the Royal Academy of Arts will present twenty five British watercolours and drawings from BNY Mellon’s corporate art collection. 

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John Constable RA , Hampstead, 1833 (c) Collection of BNY Mellon; photography by Adam Milliron. 

Displayed in the Tennant Gallery, the exhibition will feature works  from BNY Mellon’s corporate art collection which were created in the first hundred years of the Royal Academy’s existence between 1770-1870 and  has been designed to mark the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary.

The display will concentrate on the work of prominent Royal Academicians such as Thomas Gainsborough, JMW Turner, John Constable and Sir David Wilkie, whose works will return to London from the United States for the duration of the exhibition.

Highlights of the exhibition are set to include an 1833 view of Hampstead Heath by John Constable RA; Italian landscape scenes painted in the 1770s by Thomas Jones and John Robert Cozens; an unfinished Study of a Bedouin Arab, 1840s, by John Frederick Lewis RA; and an expressive depiction of Venice by the critic and artist John Ruskin from 1876.

The drawings and watercolours in the  BNY Mellon collection were mainly acquired in the 1980’s by the Mellon Financial Corporation, prior to its merger with The Bank of New York in 2007.While initially the collection was formed of a small group of British paintings, it later expanded to feature British watercolours and American landscape paintings, with the intention of developing a group of works that would reveal the mutual transatlantic exchange of ideas that took place during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Talking about the news of the exhibition Hani Kablawi, Chairman of Europe, Middle East & Africa, BNY Mellon said: ” We are very honoured to have the opportunity to share with the public some of the key works from our British watercolour and drawings collection which celebrates the achievement of a distinguished group of British artists who are credited with advancing British watercolour. We hope you enjoy this fascinating and inspiring exhibition.”

British Watercolours: From the Collection of BNY Mellon will be on display at the Royal Academy of Arts from the 25th September until the 16th December. For more information visit: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/british-watercolours-bny-mellon