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.

Michael Liversidge

Approximately 100 books. This material has been fully catalogued on the Library and Photographic Archive catalogue.

A collection of books and exhibition catalogues relating chiefly to Canadian painting – from Confederation in 1867 to 1939 – covering the period beginning with the Anglo-Canadian and Quebecois artists who were primarily influenced by British and French models respectively, through to the expression of distinctively Canadian identities in painting with the Group of Seven and their contemporaries from the 1910s onwards. The collection reflects the concentration of Canadian art at the time on landscape and urban scenes that defined emerging ideas visualising Canada as a new nation, as well as Canadian artists' connections with Britain, Europe and America.

The collection was donated to the Paul Mellon Centre in 2018.

Fanning of books about Canadian art on a white surface.

Pamphlets on Canadian artists from the Michael Liversidge donation, 2018

Michael John Howard Liversidge FSA (1947–2021) worked as a research assistant for the Paul Mellon Foundation in London (1969–70) before joining the University of Bristol where he taught art history from 1970 until 2006, specialising mainly in British art, architecture and designed landscapes; in 2006 he became emeritus dean of arts. He was a visiting resident fellow at the Yale Center for British Art in 1978, and held visiting appointments in art history at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario in 1971, 1972 and 1975. In 2018 he was elected visiting professor in art history at the University of Buckingham.