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.

Paul Mellon Collection of Paintings

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 group of photographs of the painting collection formed by Paul Mellon. These paintings are now divided between the collections of the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Richmond and the Paul Mellon private collection. Please note, we do not hold a photograph of every item in the Paul Mellon collection.


The photographs are exclusively black and white and remain un-mounted. The degree of information on the back varies from the artist’s name and Paul Mellon accession number to more detailed information on title, dimensions, medium and provenance. The photographs are filed in their artists files and are in A-Z order


Photographs were acquired from the Paul Mellon collection and The Yale Center for British Art when new acquisitions were made. Images are no longer added to the collection. 

496 files in (19 boxes)

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