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This series comprises images of works by artists who were British by birth, foreign artists who worked in Britain or foreign artists who painted British sitters abroad. The works featured date from c.1500 to c.1900. The images in this series form by far the largest part of the Photographic Archive. Images remain in their original order: organised A–Z by artist name. Significant artists, or those for which there is a wealth of material, have multiple folders of images. In these cases, images are further subdivided by genre or type, depending on the artist. They may also be organised in ‘catalogue raisonné order’. The images predominantly depict oil paintings but prints and other works on paper are also included.
Photographs are dry mounted on card with essential information recorded, artist, title, collection and source of
Photographs were actively acquired from The Courtauld Institute Photographic Survey, salerooms, museums and galleries. The files include original photography commissioned from our own in-house photographer, Douglas Smith (1964-1996) for Paul Mellon Centre publications for which we still hold the negatives. We have also received donations of photographs from a number of academics including W G Constable which have been integrated into the collection.
Active collecting of images and annotation of mounts ended in December 2013.