Portrait by John Hedgecoe - Profile of Queen Elizabeth II - used for the matching plaster cast for the British Postal Stamp 1966 © John Hedgecoe/TopFoto
 

Images captured by one of the most famous photographers you have probably never heard of will go on display at the Royal College of Art (RCA).

John Hedgecoe established the photography department at the Kensington Gore College in 1965, where he was professor from 1975 to 1994 and professor emeritus until his death in 2010. But he is most famous for his portrait of the Queen which was commissioned by the Royal Mail for the postage stamp, making it the most reproduced photographic portrait ever taken.

Now, his images, including his 1966 photo of Her Majesty, will be displayed at the college from now until August 5.

As an RCA student Mr Hedgecoe photographed Henry Moore in 1953 and went on to capture many of the 20th Century's leading cultural icons, including Francis Bacon, Mary Quant, Ted Hughes, Agatha Christie, Vita Sackville West and David Hockney.

His photographs also appear in permanent collections at New York's Museum of Modern Art and the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Vivat! Vivat! My England! Presents a selection of 34 of Hedgecoe's most iconic photographs, some of which will be exhibited for the first time.

Rector of the RCA Dr Paul Thompson said: “It's truly wonderful that so many of John's best-known works are 'coming home'. Several, are of course to be found in the college collection, however, to see these photographs gathered together under the RCA's roof will serve as a timely reminder as to the sheer expertise of the man.”

The exhibition is free to enter and runs daily between midday and 5pm