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.

Sculptors, A–Z

Access the Photographic Archive catalogue to browse this collection.

This series comprises images of works by sculptors who were British by birth, foreign sculptors who worked in Britain or on British subjects. The sculptures featured date from c.1600 to c.1900. Images are primarily of sculptures, but also feature sketches for sculptural projects. Images remain in their original order: organised A–Z by sculptor. 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.