Research Collections

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.

Unidentified Artists

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 is a collection of works by unidentified artists. The historic period covered is 1500-1900 with particular emphasis on the eighteenth century. The photographs are predominantly of oil paintings but watercolours, drawings, prints, miniature paintings and silhouettes are included. There are files on royal portraits, male portraits, female portraits, group portraits, British school miniatures and silhouettes, British landscapes, foreign landscapes, seascapes, animals, allegorical and still life, interiors, miscellaneous designs, miscellaneous engravings, miscellaneous paintings and drawings.

Arrangement

All photographs are dry mounted on card with essential information recorded, artist, title, collection and source of photograph with a varying degree of information on provenance, literature exhibiting history, inscriptions and related prints. The images are primarily black and white although in recent years with the development of digital photography we hold some colour material. More recent saleroom additions are cuttings rather than photographs.

Acquisition

Photographs have been actively acquired from The Courtauld Institute Photographic Survey, salerooms, museums and galleries. The files include original photography commissioned from our own in-house photographer, Douglas Smith (1964-1996) for Paul Mellon Centre publications for which we still hold the negatives. 

Active collecting of images and annotation of mounts ended in December 2013. 

14 files in (7 boxes)

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