Yale Center for British Art

Joseph Mallord William Turner | Dort or Dordrecht: The Dort Packet-Boat from Rotterdam Becalmed, 1818 | Yale Center for British Art; britishart.yale.ed

The Yale Center for British Art is collaborating with Artstor to share approximately 6,000 works from its permanent collection via the Digital Library. The works in the Digital Library come from the Center's Paintings and Sculpture and Prints and Drawings Departments, and trace the history of British art from the 16th century through the early 20th century. In particular, the Paintings and Sculpture Department is strongly represented by the period from 1700–1850, and includes works by Richard Wilson, George Stubbs, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Thomas Lawrence, John Constable, and J.M.W. Turner, as well as examples of Elizabethan portraiture and the artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The Center's collections in the Digital Library also include a large selection of British sporting and animal paintings. Works from the Prints and Drawings Department showcase the British watercolor school of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, in addition to graphic art, topographical prints, caricatures, mezzotint portraits, sporting prints, architectural drawings, Shakespearean subjects, and works relating to the former British Empire. Prints, drawings, and sketchbooks by Thomas Rowlandson, William Blake, William Gilpin, Edward Lear, John Ruskin, and many others will also be included in the Digital Library.

The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) is a public art museum and research institute for the study of British art and culture. Presented to Yale University by Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929), the Center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Opened to the public in 1977, the Center is the last building designed by the internationally acclaimed American architect Louis I. Kahn. The collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, rare books, and manuscripts reflects the development of British art and life from the Elizabethan period onward. Works on view include masterpieces by British artists as well as major artists from Europe and America who lived and worked in Britain. Academic resources include the Reference Library and Archive, conservation laboratories, a study room for examining works on paper as well as rare books and manuscripts from the collection, and an online catalogue of the collections.