The origins of the collection can be traced to 1732, when the third Earl of Burlington gave The College of William & Mary a portrait of the physicist Robert Boyle. Since that time, the collection has grown to close to five thousand works of art encompassing a diverse group of objects from antiquity to the present, Eastern and Western art, and examples of almost every material and medium.
Of particular note are Colonial American and seventeenth and eighteenth century English portraits; a survey collection of original prints and drawings from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries representing both American and European artists, as well as a selection of Japanese prints, a collection of German Expressionist works by Hans Grohs, and the Jean Outland Chrysler collection of American Abstract Expressionism interpreted in oils, drawings, watercolors, and sculpture.
The permanent collection, which continues to grow through gifts and purchases, stands as a major artistic resource for The College and region. We are excitedly in the process of digitizing our collection and, in the coming year, we will be updating this area with highlights from the collection as we develop our searchable database. In the meantime, please click here to see a list of selected artists from our collection.