The College Collections’ programme of special exhibitions is hosted in the Verey Gallery and the Tower Gallery. Both exhibition spaces are open to the students and staff of Eton College as well as the wider community, including schools and the general public. If you would like to view a special exhibition, please contact us at collections@etoncollege.org.uk or 01753 370590.

Watercolours for the Eton College Collection

The latest exhibition in the Verey Gallery at Eton is a display of some of the most significant 18th- and 19th-century watercolours from the Fine & Decorative Art collection. This is a further opportunity to view the select group of watercolours briefly shown together at the Works on Paper Fair in London, in February 2017. They represent many of the most significant British artists of the golden age of watercolour painting, including Thomas Girtin, JMW Turner, John Ruskin and Paul Sandby.

Eton College has been associated with topographical artists and watercolourists since the final decades of the 18th century. Views of the college, or of Windsor Castle from the Eton side of the river, were favourite subjects for artists, while Alexander Cozens (1717–1786) became the first to offer drawing lessons to boys after he rented rooms on the High Street in Eton. As the college’s Drawing Schools developed, so too did the collection of Fine & Decorative Art, which now includes over 1,500 drawings and watercolours; the majority donated by generous Old Etonian collectors.















William Payne (1760 - 1830)

Near Lulworth Cove, Dorset

pen & ink and watercolour


Watercolours Exhibition, Verey Gallery, 24 November - 24 February 2019, by appointment

To book a visit, contact us at collections@etoncollege.org.uk or 01753 370590

Permanent Collection:

Seven Halts on the Somme by Hughie O’Donoghue, RA - Millington Drake Room

Victorian Stained Glass by Thomas Willement -  Austen Leigh Corridor  

Currently on display adjacent to School Hall most Sunday afternoons from 23d September 2018 to 18th April 2018, 2:30 – 5pm.

Closed 9th, 23rd  and 30th of December, 30th.

For further information see www.etoncollege.com/CollectionsAccess

Free Exhibition at the Verey Gallery, Eton College

Open Sundays 2:30-5pm
23rd September to 11th November
Enter via the Museum of Eton Life (follow signs from the High Street along Baldwin’s Shore); entry to the special exhibition every 15 minutes. No booking necessary.

Also open by appointment on Tuesdays, 2.00pm – 4.00pm and Thursdays, 11.00am – 1.00pm
Please contact us at collections@etoncollege.org.uk or 01753 370590 to arrange to see the exhibition at one of these times.

Read about previous exhibitions.