Sir Brinsley Ford
This collection consists of two separate donations.
Approximately 250 titles. This collection has been fully catalogued on our Library and Photographic Archive catalogue.
A collection consisting of books and exhibition catalogues on twentieth-century British art and artists and twentieth-century publications on the subject of the Grand Tour.
The collection was donated to the Paul Mellon Centre in 2008.
Approximately 100 titles. This material has been fully catalogued on the Library and Photographic Archive catalogue. It is kept in the Library Special Collections under the Classmark ‘FORD’.
A comprehensive collection of books from Sir Brinsley Ford’s library on the Grand Tour to Italy, including his entire collection of contemporary travel accounts from the seventeenth – nineteenth centuries. Some volumes contain marginalia and other provenance markings such as the bookplates of previous owners. The earliest work in the collection is a 1686 edition of The Voyage of Italy, or, A Compleat Journey Through Italy, written by Richard Lassels and first published in 1670. This material is kept in the Library Special Collections under the Classmark ‘FORD’.
The collection was donated to the Paul Mellon Centre in 2017.
The Centre also holds Ford’s archive.
Sir (Richard) Brinsley Ford (1908-1999) was a gentleman-scholar, connoisseur and collector. His publications included 'Drawings of Richard Wilson' (1951) and 'English Taste in the Eighteenth Century' (1956). He was chairman of the National Art Collections Fund (1975-1980).