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.
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).