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.

Sculpture collections

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.

The intention of this project was to present English sculpture, not by artist or subject , but by location or collection. Some of the collections presented are virtually complete (Royal Collections, Reform Club, Soane Museum, Southill, Woburn Abbey, Melbury). When the work was discontinued in 1991, other collections were left in various stages of completion. Principal Collections: Royal collections, (Windsor Castle, Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, Frogmore, Hampton Court). Belvoir Castle, Grittelton House, Melbury, Petworth, Pusey House Temple, Stowe Park, Southill, Beds. (Inc Wrest Park and Drury Lane Theatre). Trinity College, Cambridge, Wentworth Woodhouse. London: Foundling Hospital, Mansion House, Royal College of Surgeons, Reform Club, St Paul’s Cathedral, Soane Museum. Other collections: Chatsworth, Exeter Cathedral, Holkham, Rugby School, Sizergh Castle, Stourhead, Stratfield Saye & Apsley House, London Lambeth Palace, Westminster Abbey.


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


This was a project undertaken by Antonia Yates of the photographic archive. As such many of the photographs were taken by the Paul Mellon Centre’s photographer, Douglas Smith. John Kenworthy-Browne gave advice on the project and supervised photography. Other photographs were acquired from The Courtauld Photographic Survey and the National Monuments Record.

48 files in (21 boxes)

Catalogued by collection.

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