Sir Richard Colt Hoare: Notes on Paintings

Scope and Content

Two notebooks on paintings in Italy, bound together, 163 folios.

I. Notes on paintings and other works of art in Rome (fos 1-62). The main description is on the rectos, the versos are generally occupied by additional notes. An entry on fo. 29 is dated 17 January 1787.

II. Similar notes for Florence, Bologna and other towns in Northern Italy (fos 63-162). Fos 85-112, 158-162 and many of the versos are blank.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Richard Colt Hoare, 2nd Baronet (1758-1838), was born on 9 December 1758. He attended private schools, and at an early age began to work at the family banking-house. He obtained a position of financial independence with the help of an allowance received from his grandfather Henry Hoare, and established himself at Lincoln's Inn Fields, marrying in 1783. After the death of his wife in 1785, he embarked on tours of the continent. Hoare published works on his home county of Wiltshire, journals of his tours and a topographical catalogue of the British Isles. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Society of Antiquaries. He died at Stourhead on 19 May 1838.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Bequeathed by Samuel Sandars, 1894.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Hoare in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. IX (London, 1908), pp. 920-922.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

The notes were purchased by Samuel Sandars at the sale of the Hoare Library, Stourhead, in 1883.

Related Material

Another Hoare notebook, MS.Add.3555, replicates much of the information in no. I.