Balliol College, which was founded in 1263, has a good claim to be the oldest of the Oxford colleges. It is a registered charity (No.1144032), the charitable objects of which are to advance education, religion, learning, and research, as a college within the University of Oxford; and the collection of paintings and other artworks that the College has acquired during its long existence contribute to the fulfillment of those objects. We have long made available catalogues of our portraits and of other aspects of our collections, and we are pleased to include our paintings on the Your Paintings website further to widen public familiarity with our holdings and for the furtherance of scholarship and research. Balliol College’s paintings are principally of former Fellows, Masters, Visitors, eminent Old Members, and other Balliol figures, and they constitute an important part of the College’s record of its own existence as one of the oldest educational establishments in the English-speaking world.
It is stressed that the paintings at Balliol College are not in public ownership. In accordance with the charitable aims of the College, which is a private institution, we are including our paintings on this website to widen public awareness and for the benefit of scholarship.
The College welcomes enquiries about its collections from scholars and any other bona fide researchers, which should be addressed to the Fellow for Chattels, email@example.com. Arrangements for viewing should be made through the Domestic Bursar’s office: firstname.lastname@example.org. Our paintings are hung throughout the College, many in the Hall which is regularly open to visitors, but others in Fellows’ rooms and in other locations to which there is not normally public access, and the College, which is an educational institution working the year round, is unable to guarantee access at all times. Details of the College’s location and its normal opening hours may be found on its website.
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3BJ England
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