Art and Artefacts

You will encounter works of art wherever you go in Girton. The College has enjoyed a strong involvement with the arts throughout its history – from the support of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood at its foundation through to its partnership with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters today.  

The long corridors and public rooms are hung with paintings, and there are many sculptures. The range is broad, and you will find works from the fourteenth century through to the twenty-first –  for example, works by Francesco di Vannuccio, Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, Alexander Munro, Stanley Spencer, Winifred Nicolson and David Jones.  Everything you see has been donated to or commissioned by the College. Some is private to Girton and some, such as People’s Portraits, is open to the public. There is even a museum, the Lawrence Room, in which you may find antiquities and artefacts which are regarded as among the finest of their kind in the world.