Fairclough Collection

This is a large collection of portrait prints and illustrations relating to the political and social history of 17th century Britain compiled over some 45 years by Mr. A. B. R. Fairclough of Twickenham and donated to the University Library in 1970.


To complement the prints Mr. Fairclough also collected books and pamphlets on 17th century history (ca.3,000 items). These can all be found on the library catalogue.

The portraits are grouped together and boxed by theme, such as the livelihood or occupation of the portrait subjects, or people mentioned in John Evelyn's diary. Individual portrait prints and illustrations have not been individually listed on the library catalogue as there are so many of them. However, the Fairclough Collection Portrait Index can be browsed to identify seventeenth-century sitters included in the collection of engraved portraits.

Please note that the books published post-1850 are shelved on the 3rd floor (yellow zone) of the Library and are available for loan. Please see Library staff at the Help Zone for more information and to order materials.

Browse the Fairclough Collection Portrait Index to identify sitters included in the collection of engraved portraits.

A selection of portraits from the Fairclough collections have been digitised and can be viewed via our Special Collections Online.

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