Archives & Library

Library Collections

The library collections cover British painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, decorative arts, architecture and garden history from the medieval period to the present day. The collections on British artists and architects, the British and Irish country house and the eighteenth-century Grand Tour are particularly strong.

Brian Sewell

Approximately 2700 books. This material has been logged on the Library and Photographic Archive catalogue. It is fully searchable but not fully catalogued. It is available for consultation.

The collection consists of books and exhibition catalogues on twentieth- and twenty-first-century British art and artists, from the working library of the art critic Brian Sewell. Some of the books contain marginalia.

The collection was donated to the Paul Mellon Centre in 2016.

The Centre also holds Brian Sewell’s archive.

books with spines showing on a shelf.

Books on David Hockney from the Brian Sewell donation, 2016

Brian Sewell (1931–2015) was a British art historian, author, critic, and media personality. After graduating from the Courtauld Institute of Art, he worked at Christie’s (1957–1967); as an independent dealer (1967–1980), and as a journalist, most notably for the Evening Standard (1984–2015).