The collection is presented here in the order of the inventory made at the Sale of the collection around 1649-51, which spanned the major royal residences. A huge number of items are inventoried in the original documents and for the 'Lost Collection' we have chosen to reproduce only those records relating to paintings, sculpture, tapestries, prints, drawings and decorative arts. The Sale information is spread throughout a set source manuscripts, each slightly different. Note that not every inventory number is taken from the original manuscripts, where some items are unnumbered. We encourage students of the collection to refer to the Walpole Society pages for further detail.
Each entry contains a view of the work in question which could have as many as three sections: current knowledge about the work, and information from van der Doort's inventory and from the Sale inventory.
Each entry also includes where possible an image of the work, as well as the relevant page from the Walpole Society transcriptions of the inventories, which can be found behind the image.
Note that the location of items inventoried at the Sale does not necessarily reflect the location during the reign. Items moved after the King's execution and some items inventoried at St James's or Somerset House were at Whitehall during the reign. Note also that after the end of each section in the Sale inventory there appears a total and purchaser information (refer to the Walpole Society for further information). "Reserved for HH" labels items reserved for Oliver Cromwell's use.