Museum collections

Paintings and drawings

The Royal College of Music has an internationally significant collection of paintings, watercolours, and drawings celebrating music, musicians and patrons of music.

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.

Collection highlights