Research Collections

Archive Collections

The Centre collects archive material relating to the study of British art and architectural history. The collections contain the research papers of art historians, many of whom were pioneers in the formation of this discipline.

Brian Sewell

70 boxes. This material has not yet been catalogued but a general guide and three boxlists are available. Please contact Research Collections staff for more information. (Ref BS)

Brian Sewell The majority of the archive relates to Sewell’s work as a journalist. The material was organised by Sewell into two main sequences: the largest concerning articles pertaining to art and the arts (boxlist 1) and a smaller group of materials concerning his writings on any other subject matter (boxlist 2). The files in these sequences typically include Sewell’s typescript copy and a final version of the article. They may also include related research and correspondence. In addition to these, there is small sequence of articles written by Sewell relating to cars which has not yet been listed. The remaining material covers every other aspect of Sewell’s life, from childhood to death (boxlist 3). It includes passports, diaries, press-cuttings, postcards, photographs, programmes, research, scripts, voice-over texts, memorabilia, and correspondence.

Brian Sewell (1931 – 2015) was a British art historian, author, critic, and media personality. After graduating from the Courtauld Institute of Art, he worked at Christie’s (1957-1967); as an independent dealer (1967-1980), and as a journalist, most notably for the Evening Standard (1984-2015).