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.

Sculptors A-Z

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 collection contains files on sculptors working in Britain or on British subjects from the 16th century to 19th century. Photographs are of sculpture as well as sketches for sculptural projects. There are separate boxes for the following sculptors: Bacon Junior and Senior, Chantrey, Flaxman, Gott, Nollekens, Roubiliac, Rysbrack, Scheemakers and Wilton / Wyatt.


All photographs are dry mounted on card with essential information recorded, sculptor, title, collection and source of photograph with a varying degree of information on provenance, literature exhibiting history and inscriptions where relevant. The images are primarily black and white.


Photographs have been acquired in particular from The Courtauld Institute Photographic Survey. Other sources include salerooms, museums and galleries. The files include original photography commissioned from our own in-house photographer, Douglas Smith (1964-1966) 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 Joan Coutu and the former photographic archivist Evelyn Newby.

Active collecting of images ended in December 2013

163 files in (27 boxes)

Catalogued by sculptor name.

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