Richmond Borough Art Collection

The Richmond upon Thames Borough Art Collection, which was founded in 1963 with the Ionides Bequest, has grown and developed to comprise over 2,400 oil paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and objects spanning the early 18th century to the present day.


Works in the Borough Art Collection

The majority of works are of local topographical views - the famous view from Richmond Hill and views along the River from Hampton Court Palace to Kew. The recent Paton bequest in 1993 and Gill collection have broadened the geographical scope of the collection and cover areas as far as Chiswick and Hammersmith.

Works are regularly included in themed Orleans House Gallerytemporary exhibitions, in the changing In Focus displays and loaned externally to museums and galleries. Works are on permanent public view in a number of local sites, including Marble Hill House, York House, Richmond Reference Library and the Museum of Richmond.

A rich cultural, artistic and heritage resource - the collection is central to the delivery of our education provision.

The Ionides Collection

The Ionides Collection includes 485 paintings and works on paper depicting the people and places of the Borough including landscapes by Kynff, Marlow and Hilditch.

Key oil paintings including Moonlight at Twickenham by William Pether have been recently conserved by the Trust. Conserved works will form part of the new Study Room display.

Accessing the Borough Art Collection

Works not currently on display can be accessed by contacting the curator either in writing or by telephone outlining the works, artists or areas of interest you wish to access.

The gallery actively promotes access to the collection and all members of the community are welcome to view works, as well as researchers.

We endeavour to answer any queries you have regarding the collection or temporary exhibitions. If we cannot answer these in full we will refer you to any relevant experts and societies in other museums and galleries.


Orleans House Gallery

Phone: 020 8831 6000

Updated: 21 June 2017