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.
The Society of Portrait Painters was founded in 1891. Twenty years later it became the ‘Royal Society of Portrait Painters’, with its early membership including John Everett Millais, George Frederick Watts and James McNeil Whistler. The Society is a registered charity with Her Majesty The Queen as its Patron. Its stated aim is to improve the education and appreciation of the fine arts and, in particular, to promote excellence in the art of portraiture.
President: Richard Foster PRP
Vice President: Simon Davies VPRP