Cottonian Collection Drawings and Watercolours

There are approximately three hundred drawings and watercolours from the 16th to 18th centuries.

The larger part of this collection comprises drawings, including works by many Old Masters and English artists such as Andrea del Sarto, Castiglione, Van Goyen, Rysbrack and Thornhill.

Though a small number of the drawings were inherited from William Townson (1682-1740), the vast majority were purchased by Charles Rogers (1711-1784). Some drawings were even commissioned or acquired directly from the artist such as de Loutherbourg and Rysbrack.

Watercolour drawing of the Mughal SchoolWatercolours

The few watercolours include a fine Sandby and a set of Indian watercolour drawings of the Mughal school, dating from around 1735.