Archives & Library

Archive Collections

The Centre holds and provides access to archive material relating to the study of British art and architectural history. The collections contain the research papers of art historians, museum directors and curators; dealers; art critics, collectors and other individuals working in the field of art history.

Charles S. Rhyne

30 boxes. This material has not yet been catalogued. (Ref CSR)

The archive contains correspondence, research notes, lectures, draft catalogue entries, slides, travel notebooks, photographs and card files relating to Rhyne’s life-long research on the artist John Constable. It includes unpublished articles as well as heavily annotated published works on Constable.

Photographic portrait of Charles S. Ryhne with red floral shirt collar The archive also contains various manifestations of catalogue entries Rhyne compiled for the catalogue raisonné on the early paintings of John Constable, which he worked on before this project was completed by Graham Reynolds as The early paintings and drawings of John Constable (The Paul Mellon Centre, Yale University Press, 1996). There is much additional research material in the archive which was not included in this publication.

Rhyne was a great advocate of the importance of access to detailed images for the study of works of art, and his archive includes thousands of images of works by Constable. The majority of these images were taken by Rhyne and many focus on particular details of individual works.

The Centre also holds material from Rhyne’s library.

Charles S. Rhyne (1932–2013) was an art historian and expert on the English landscape artist, John Constable. He was Professor Emeritus of Art History at Reed College, Oregon, for over thirty years. He was a visiting fellow at the Yale Center for British Art and a visiting scholar at the Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Research Institute, and J. Paul Getty Museum.