Cottonian Collection Oils

There are 22 oil paintings in the Cottonian Collection including a number of works by Reynolds.

Painting in a circular frame, showing a cupid placing a wreath on a female figure

‘Beauty Tempted by Love, Counselled by Prudence’ by Angelica Kauffmann, RA

They include a series of family portraits, and also the founder of the collection, Charles Rogers FRS FSA (1711-1784). There is also a portrait of William Cotton (1794-1863) of Ivybridge, eventual benefactor of the collection to Plymouth. The remainder represent the different European schools, as in the print collection.

Access the oils online


Katherine Neuston, a former Young Explainer, discusses the paintings in the collection through the themes landscape, seascape, genre and portraiture. This talk was produced in 2013 and you can listen to the audio file, or read the accompanying transcript which provides additional information to the MP3.

Oils in the Cottonian Collection transcript [191KB]