Following a successful exhibition in London during the autumn, highlights from the College’s collection of watercolours and drawings are now on display in Treasury until 16 April. The exhibition is free to visit and open daily, 2 - 4pm. This is a rare opportunity to see so much of the collection on display together, including some of the College's greatest treasures, with works spanning four centuries.
Two of the best-known works are the ‘Andwell Map’, a sixteenth-century watercolour of fields near Basingstoke that is one of the earliest views of an identifiable English landscape, and an extraordinary page of head studies made by Richard Dadd during his journey to the Middle East in the 1840s. Less familiar watercolours include a rare landscape by Joseph Wright of Derby, and a drawing by Thomas Gainsborough that has never before been exhibited or published.
Winchester's collection of more than 500 watercolours and drawings owes its existence to the generosity of four main donors: Harry Collison (1868-1945); Colonel Arthur Brooke (1886-1954); Sir John D'Arcy Anderson (1908-1988); and Adam Crick (1957-2016). Apart from a handful of French and Italian drawings, all of the works are by British artists and include many of the leading figures of the eighteenth and nineteeth centuries.
The exhibition runs from 12 January until 16 April and is open every day, free of charge, from 2-4 PM. A fully-illustrated catalogue of the exhibition, with essays about each of the works on display, is available for £15. Copies may be purchased from the museum, or by emailing email@example.com.
All of the College’s watercolours are catalogued online at www.winchestercollections.co.uk.
22nd November 2022
Year 6 primary school pupils were invited to take over our museum, Treasury, and create their own pop-up art exhibition.
20th September 2022
A new art exhibition featuring watercolours and drawings from Winchester's collections opens on 28 September 2022 in London.
8th September 2022
The Treasury museum welcomed over 80 children to free Family Craft mornings over the summer.
18th March 2022
On Tuesday 15 March 2022, a plaque was unveiled in Cloister, commemorating Sir Thomas Browne (OW).
15th February 2022
A masterpiece by one of the leading artists of the eighteenth century – François Lemoyne’s Annunciation (1727) – has returned to Winchester College after ten years on loan.
19th July 2021
A new publication explores the College's collection of medieval glass. Created across a period of significant artistic change, they demonstrate the development of stained glass production techniques and the Gothic style from the mid-thirteenth to sixteenth centuries.