We have a range of new and exciting products available in the bookshop curated especially for the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition.

As we prepare the gallery for another busy exhibition with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (RP), our bookshop is being stocked up with a range of inspired gifts. This year's limited edition greetings card is a painting by Sandra Kuck, ‘My Dear Angus’. Kuck has exhibited with the RP in previous shows and is recognised for her intricate attention to detail and delicate use of lighting.

Visitors to the show will also have the opportunity to see an original work by 19th century painter and sculptor, G.F. Watts. His portrait of Lillie Langtry will be on loan from the Watts Gallery for the exhibition and their curator Nicolas Tromas has written a book about the artist’s life and works, The Art of G.F. Watts, which is also available in store.

New in the bookshop

For those feeling inspired and wanting to try their hand at portraiture, How to Draw Portraits in Charcoal by Nathan Fowkes covers everything from the materials you’ll need to get started, composition and use of light and shade to the common mistakes budding artists make (and how to avoid them!) It’s no surprise that this comprehensive guide is one of the bookshop’s bestsellers and will be available while stocks last.

Another of our most sought after items is artist and environmentalist, Kurt Jackson’s, Botanical Landscape which features a series of works by the artist in a variety of different mediums, such as painting, printmaking and sculpture. Each of these works are Jackson’s expressive response to the diversity of the natural world around us and his determination to preserve and protect it.

Like Jackson, we’re environmentally conscious and seek like-minded brands to work with, such as Art Angels and Arthouse Unlimited. Both groups not only produce a range of beautifully illustrated cards and gifts, such as the ‘Dancers’ greeting card and ‘Portrait’ dark chocolate, but also print and assemble their products in the UK using recycled or FSC certified materials for added bonus. It’s also important to note that Arthouse Unlimited are a registered charity supporting adults with complex learning and physical disabilities who create all the artwork seen on their products. 100% of sales support the enterprise meaning you can overindulge on chocolate completely guilt-free! Almost.

Royal Society of Portrait Painters Catalogue 2019, £8 (including UK P&P)

To tempt you further we’re introducing a brand new collection of silver jewellery from Just Trade. Each piece has been handmade using crochet tools and traditional techniques by women from the ‘Hope Jewellery Project’ in Lima, Peru. Proceeds support these women by providing them with an income to sustain themselves and their families.

You can discover this collection and more during your visit to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition, opening Thursday 9th May.

Plan your visit now

All products featured above are available to purchase in our bookshop:

  • 'My Dear Angus' Sandra Kuck Greetings Card, £2.95
  • 'Dancers' 3D card by Art Angels, £5
  • The Art of G.F Watts, by Nicolas Tromans, £17.95
  • Portraits Dark Chocolate by Arthouse Unlimited, £4.95
  • Botanical Landscape by Kurt Jackson £35.00
  • How to Draw Portraits in Charcoal by Nathan Fowkes, £23.99
  • Marisol Jewellery Collection by Just Trade; Earrings: £40.00, Pendant: £48.00, Statement Necklace: £120.00
  • Royal Society of Portrait Painters Catalogue 2019, £8 (including UK P&P)