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

A very large collection of books and exhibition catalogues was generously donated by Peter and Renate Nahum in December 2012. This comprises thousands of books, exhibition catalogues and journals on 19th and 20th century British art and artists.

This collection has been partially catalogued on our library catalogue. For information about this collection please contact

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.