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.

W. G. Constable

20 boxes. This material has been catalogued. Please search the archive catalogue for full details. (Ref WGC)

The archive contains research notes, correspondence and photographs, many of which are annotated, mainly relating to Constable's monograph Richard Wilson (1953) and other articles on the artist. It also contains transcripts of eighteenth century documentary sources including extracts from the Thomas Hollis diary, the Wicklow Papers and the Benjamin Booth Papers, Constable's research papers on John Constable (1776-1837), John Flaxman (1755-1826) and other seventeenth and eighteenth century artists.

William George Constable (1887-1976) was an art historian and museum curator. He worked at the National Gallery (1923-1931) becoming Assistant Director (1930-1931); he was the first Director of the Courtauld Institute (1931-1937) and Curator at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts (1938-1957). He published widely on art collecting, connoisseurship, and British and Italian art.

William George Constable writing at desk

National Portrait Gallery, London, William George Constable, oil on canvas, circa 1936, 622 mm × 762 mm, NPG 5090

Digital image courtesy of Elizabeth Polunin (née Hart)