Archives & Library

Photo Archive Collections

The Photographic Archive are mounted reference images. There are two collections: The Paul Mellon Centre Photographic Archive and The Tate Photographic Archive. The collections cover British painting and drawing from approximately 1500 to 2000 and are particularly strong on the work of 18th-century artists. The PMCPA collection has been digitised in its entirety. The Tate collection is available to consult in our Public Study Room.

Sculpture in the Caribbean

Access the Photographic Archive catalogue to browse this collection.

This series of images was compiled by John Coutu during research for her PhD thesis ‘Eighteenth-century British monuments and the politics of Empire’ 1993, UCL University of London. The images were donated to the Centre by Coutu in 1994 and comprise mainly photographs of ecclesiastical monuments in Jamaica, Antigua, Nevis and Barbados in the Caribbean. Many files include a photograph of the exterior and interior of the church as well as the monuments inside. A small amount of material pertains to monuments in the US and Canada.


All photographs are dry mounted on card with essential information recorded on the mount such as location, sculptor, title, medium. The collection is exclusively black and white.


Joan Coutu donated this group of photographs that she had taken in preparation for her PhD thesis Eighteenth-century British monuments and the politics of Empire 1993 UCL, University of London.

Photographic portrait of Joan Coutu wearing stripey top in front of hedge

Joan Coutu,

Digital image courtesy of Ellen Siebel-Achenbach