• 07 Aug 2017

Paul Mellon Centre's sister institution the Yale Center for British Art holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom thanks to the collection of both Centre's founder, Paul Mellon.

Paul Mellon bought his first British oil painting in 1936, Pumpkin with a Stable Lad by George Stubbs, it was his first step towards becoming the greatest collector and benefactor of British art in the twentieth century. The collection at the YCBA now holds over 2,000 paintings, 250 sculptures, 20,000 drawings and watercolours, and 35,000 rare books.

George Stubbs, oil on panel, 1774

Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection, Pumpkin with a Stable-lad,, George Stubbs, oil on panel, 1774

To continue Paul Mellon's devotion to the arts, the YCBA is committed to using technology to advance the study of its collections by allowing unrestricted access to its entire holdings online to as broad a public as possible. So far, 100% of the paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints in the collection have been made available online, while respectful of intellectual property still protected under copyright, and mindful of commercial exploitation, the Center nevertheless provides free and open access to images of works in the public domain. 

To explore the art collection of Paul Mellon online for free please click here.