The Collection has two main series. The first, in 52 items, consists of prints, engravings and photographs, with other miscellaneous associated papers. The prints and photographs are in general of family members, in some cases providing copies of family portraits which were sold.
The original framed portraits and other works of art, which are now housed in several locations across the University, form the second series. Identified artists include Sir Godfrey Kneller (c 1649-1723), Rosalba Carriera (1675-1757), William Hoare of Bath (1707-1792), Cosmo Alexander (1724-1772) and Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769-1830). The earliest portraits are examples of the English School. Three views of Clumber by William Collins (1788-1847) provide the only landscape scenes in the collection.