Print and photography
Our 6000 works of art on paper have been collected throughout the 500 years of the RCP history, often from donations by its members and fellows.
Photographs and engraved prints showing portraits of historic physicians make up the bulk of the collection, depicting significant medical and scientific individuals from across the history of medicine. Well-known figures featured include people such as Galen (c.130-200 AD), Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), Isaac Newton (1642-1727), William Hunter (1718-1783), Matthew Baillie (1761-1823), Humphry Davy (1778-1829) and Edward Jenner (1749-1823).
The collection also includes caricatures, anatomical drawings, botanical paintings, and architectural prints of previous RCP homes and other medical institutions. Covering a huge range of topics relating to medicine and physicians right up to the present day, our thematic collections cover areas from anatomy to public health, architecture to vaccination.
The archive collection also cares for a large number of prints and photographs particularly focussing on images and architectural plans of the RCP buildings, including Sir Denys Lasdun’s original designs for the RCP’s grade 1 listed building in 11 St Andrews Place.
Works on paper feature in the museum’s displays and exhibitions, and are often exhibited to complement our public events programme. Items not on display are available to view via a research appointment.