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.

John Trevor Hayes

This collection is in the process of being catalogued. Please contact collections staff for more details. (Ref JTH)

Pencil sketch of John Hayes looking to the side The archive contains research papers mainly relating to Hayes' publications or proposed publications principally on Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), Joshua Reynolds (1723-1792), Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), Graham Sutherland (1903-1980) and his unpublished catalogue for the Cincinnati Art Museum. There are notes, correspondence, photographs and off-prints of his many journal articles. The collection also includes an earlier gift of a large set of photographic files of Gainsborough's landscapes, portraits and prints and a smaller set on Gainsborough Dupont (1754-1797). This relates to Hayes' doctoral thesis work and subsequent lifelong interest and writings on Gainsborough.

John Trevor Hayes (1929-2005) was an art historian and museum director. He was Assistant Keeper (1954) and then Director of the London Museum (1970-1974) and Director of the National Portrait Gallery (1974-1994). He published widely, especially on his specialist area of Thomas Gainsborough.