• 19 January to 18 May 2018
  • Monday to Friday, 10am–5pm
    Paul Mellon Centre
  • Drawing Room, Paul Mellon Centre

Books have been at the heart of the Paul Mellon Centre's activities from its inception.

A number of books on a shelf


The new Drawing Room Display and accompanying brochure are designed to give a brief introduction to the beginnings of our publishing history and to highlight the different strands of our list. We begin with the story of our very earliest publications; and then, to showcase the variety of our output, we have asked a selection of colleagues associated with the Centre to tell the stories behind some of our most important books.

Newspaper clipping showing Turor portraits including Henry VIII

Illustrated London News, cutting concerning the Paul Mellon Foundation, April 29, 1967.

Inevitably, we only had space for a small selection of our publications in the display itself. However, to see our complete list, the variety of subjects we have covered and the pantheon of authors we have been privileged to work with, you will find a copy of every book we have published in the bookcases in the Drawing Room.

All the material in this display is taken from the PMC's institutional archive and library.