Tate Photographic Archive
This is a collection of photographs, cuttings and occasionally postcards which was assembled as a reference collection for curators at the Tate. The focus is on paintings but it also covers works on paper and sculpture. The collection is on British artists but also includes foreign artists working in Britain and foreign artists painting British subjects abroad. The period covered is 16th -20th century with the real strengths of the collection lying in the 18th and 19th centuries. Some of the material is closed to the public because it contains sensitive information. We are in the process of updating the catalogue records. Please contact Collections staff for further information.
The collection is arranged A-Z by artist and is mainly black and white. Images are mounted on card with essential information on the artist and title included on the mount. More detailed information was sometimes added in the form of cuttings from sale and exhibition catalogues.
Images were acquired on an ad hoc basis by curators at the Tate in the course of their work and as such was not available to members of the public. The collection was known as the ‘mini-Witt’. The Tate donated the collection to The Paul Mellon Centre in March 2009
3311 files in approximately 350 boxes
Catalogued by artist name.
These materials have all been catalogued on our Library and Photographic Archive catalogue.