The Ruth Borchard Collection was the life-long project of Ruth Borchard (1910-2000), an extraordinary patron of artists. Restricting herself to only 21 guineas for each self-portrait, Borchard built up an unparalleled collection of self-portraits by twentieth-century British artists and Irish artists. The Original Collection consists of one hundred self-portraits, including works by Euan Uglow, Roger Hilton, Carel Weight, Francis Newton Souza and Keith Vaughan, spanning multiple decades, styles and movements.
The Next Generation Collection was launched in 2011 as a means of celebrating self portraiture in contemporary British and Irish art and to continue Ruth Borchard’s project into the twenty-first century. Previous winners of the Ruth Borchard Self Portrait Prize, Celia Paul (2011) and Thomas Newbolt (2013), alongside other self portraits by eminent British artists such as Maggi Hambling and Anthony Eyton have been purchased for the Next Generation Collection. A selection of works from the Prize are purchased for the Collection.