The Society has a large collection of artworks. These include paintings, drawings, engravings, and sculpture by both European and Asian artists. Most of these are described in the Catalogue of paintings, drawings, engravings and busts in the collection of the Royal Asiatic Society (by Raymond Head, 1991).
Many of these artworks are catalogued, with accompanying thumbnail images, on our online catalogue.
Currently our Online Collections feature architectural drawings of Kathmandu in 1844, by Raj Man Singh Chitrakar, that were donated to the RAS by Brian Houghton Hodgson.
The Royal Asiatic Society has a small collection of busts, depicting significant figures in the history of the Society and of Oriental studies in Great Britain and Ireland. Notable figures in our collection include the Sanskritist Henry Thomas Colebrooke (1765-1837), who founded the RAS; Sinologist Thomas Manning (1772-1840); and Brian Houghton Hodgson (1800-1894), naturalist and antiquarian.