October Conference
Invention and Imagination in British Art and Architecture,
600 - 1500
Tickets available

Details for autumn research seminars coming soon

Please note that due to events there may be Public Study Room Closures


Due to planned building works, the Paul Mellon Centre will close to the public from Friday 24 October 2014 to the end of June 2015. The Public Study Room and associated enquiry service will not be available for use during this period.
The Centre's other departments will continue to work as usual and respond to enquiries by email.

For more details please click here.


Recent Publications

  • William Henry Fox Talbot Beyond Photography, In The Olden Time Victorians and the British Past,Ham House
    William Henry Fox Talbot Beyond Photography, In The Olden Time Victorians and the British Past,Ham House
  • Four Hundred Years of Collecting and Patronage,The Buildings of England, Sussex: East with Brighton and Hove, Imperial Gothic Religious Architecture and High Anglican Culture
    Four Hundred Years of Collecting and Patronage,The Buildings of England, Sussex: East with Brighton and Hove, Imperial Gothic Religious Architecture and High Anglican Culture
  • in the British Empire, 1840-1870, Citizen Portrait: Portrait Painting and the Urban Elite of Tudor and Jacobean England and Wales, Lucie Rie: Modernist Potter
    in the British Empire, 1840-1870, Citizen Portrait: Portrait Painting and the Urban Elite of Tudor and Jacobean England and Wales, Lucie Rie: Modernist Potter



Photographic Archive Collections

The Paul Mellon Centre houses two photographic archive collections:

The Paul Mellon Centre Photographic Archive 
Contains approximately 150,000 reference photographs of British paintings, decorative painting, sculpture, drawings and prints covering the period 1500-1900 with some files into the twentieth Century. It has a particular emphasis on the Eighteenth Century. The images were collected by staff from a variety of sources including, in particular, in-house photography undertaken by the Centre in relation to its publication activities; the Courtauld photographic survey and sales catalogues. Images have been mounted on card and include provenance information.  

The Tate Photographic Archive 
This contains approximately 35,000 reference photographs of British paintings, drawings and prints covering the period 1500 to the Twentieth Century. The reference resource was created and compiled by curators working at Tate and acquired by the Paul Mellon Centre in 2008. Images have been mounted on card and include provenance information.

 

Click here to view details of the collections. Click here to search by artist name on the online Library Catalogue for photographic material.