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 is particularly strong on the work of 18th century artists. The PMC collection is currently out of house being digitised at present. The Tate collection is still available.

Decorative painting

Notice: This sequence is in the process of being digitised and catalogued. Access to the uncatalogued digital images can be provided to researchers in the Public Study Room.

This is a distinct group within the photographic archive focusing on decorative painting by location. There are six boxes on individual houses in London and around the country and a box each on the following: Greenwich, Ham House, Hampton Court, Kensington Palace, London churches, Wallington Hall, Whitehall. Photographs used in the publication of Early Georgian interiors by John Cornforth. London: Yale University Press, 2004 are also included in this collection.


All photographs are dry mounted on card with essential information recorded, artist, title, collection and source of photograph. The collection is made up of black and white photographs and colour photographs.


Photographs were acquired from the V&A, Spink, the National Monuments Record, The Department for the Environment (Hannibal House).

49  files in (14 boxes)

Catalogued by house, church or collection. 

These materials have all been catalogued on our Library and Photographic Archive catalogue.