It is stressed that the paintings at Oriel College are not in public ownership. In accordance with the charitable objectives of the College, which is a private institution, we are including our paintings on this website to widen public knowledge and for the benefit of scholarship. Oriel College owns a surprisingly varied collection of pictures. As well as portraits of benefactors, provosts, fellows and college servants, there are history paintings and other genres from the sixteenth century to the present day. A series of bequests and gifts have enriched the collection. The gift of a former honorary fellow, Sir Weldan Dalrymple Champneys in 1970 brought the college a collection of notable family portraits (in particular of the Berry family including Dr South) from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. Other pictures were commissioned by the College, including portraits of former provosts and members of the Senior Common Room (including leading members of the Oxford Movement and other notable nineteenth century Fellows) and Junior Common Room and a number of benefactors. A portrait of the College’s Visitor, Her Majesty the Queen, by Jeff Stultiens was commissioned to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002. The most recent portrait is that of the current provost, Sir Derek Morris, by Keith Breeden.
The paintings are hung throughout the College mostly in private areas. Access to paintings is normally reserved to those involved in academic research, though other requests will be sympathetically considered. Application should be made to the Domestic Bursar. Email: email@example.com. References may be requested.