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.