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.

Peter and Renate Nahum

This collection consists of two separate donations.

Approximately 2000 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. Part of this collection is kept in the Library Special Collections under the Classmark ‘094’ and ‘JOURNALS-Rare Books’.

A collection of books, exhibition catalogues and journals on nineteenth and twentieth-century British art and artists including many contemporary publications on such subjects as modernist art, Victorian painting & 20th century sculpture.

The collection was donated to the Paul Mellon Centre in 2012 by Peter and Renate Nahum.

Approximately 450 exhibition catalogues. This material has been fully catalogued on the Library and Photographic Archive catalogue. It is kept in the Library Special Collections under the Classmark ‘LEICESTER GALLERIES’.

A comprehensive collection of Leicester Galleries exhibition catalogues dating from 1906–1975, comprising a third of all catalogues produced. This London gallery specialised in promoting the work of both established and emerging modern British and French artists. It is notable for promoting modernism, hosting the first solo exhibitions in the UK of many European artists such as Henri Matisse, Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, as well as holding multiple exhibitions for key artists such as the sculptors Jacob Epstein and Henry Moore.

The collection was donated to the Paul Mellon Centre in 2020 by Peter and Renate Nahum.

Peter and Renate Nahum ran 'Peter Nahum At The Leicester Galleries' in St James’s for 25 years and continue to advise on art. Before becoming an art dealer Peter Nahum was a senior director of Sotheby’s, head of the Victorian and Modern British departments and is also an author and was a regular contributor to the Antiques Roadshow on BBC TV for 22 years.