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.

Decorative Painting

Access the Photographic Archive catalogue to browse this collection.

This series comprises a small group of images focused exclusively on decorative painting. Images are organised by location, as follows:

  • London and UK, various individual houses (6 boxes)
  • Greenwich (1 box)
  • Ham House (1 box)
  • Hampton Court (1 box)
  • Kensington Palace (1 box)
  • London churches (1 box)
  • Wallington (1 box)
  • Whitehall (1 box).

Photographs used in the publication of Early Georgian Interiors by John Cornforth (London: Yale University Press, 2004) are also included in this series.


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).