Yale Center for British Art. New Haven (Connecticut)
Guanaco, Jacques Laurent Agasse
Zebra, Jacques Laurent Agasse
A Lady's Grey Hunter, Jacques Laurent Agasse
Old Smithfield Market, Jacques Laurent Agasse
William Weddell, Pompeo Batoni
"For Only One Short Hour", Anna Blunden
Near Honfleur, Richard Parkes Bonington
Seated Turk, Richard Parkes Bonington
A Cutter in a Strong Breeze, Charles Brooking
A Lugger and a Smack in Light Airs, Charles Brooking
A Smack Under Sail in a Light Breeze in a River, Charles Brooking
A Two-Decker on Fire at Night off a Fort, Charles Brooking
An English Flagship Under Easy Sail in a Moderate Breeze, Charles Brooking
Cutter Close Hauled in a Fresh Breeze, with Other Shipping, Charles Brooking
English Ships Running before a Gale, Charles Brooking
Fishing Boats in a Calm Sea, Charles Brooking
Ship on fire at night, Charles Brooking
Ship wrecked on a rocky coast, Charles Brooking
Shipping in the English Channel, Charles Brooking
The Capture of the "Marquis d'Antin" and the "Louis Erasme", Charles Brooking
English Ships Under Sail in a Very Light Breeze, Charles Brooking
The Coast near Scheveningen with Fishing Pinks on the Shore, Charles Brooking
Home Dreams, Charles West Cope
Shipwreck, Francis Danby
Sunset at Sea after a Storm, Francis Danby
Study for 'Calypso's Grotto', Francis Danby
Landscape with Distant Mountains, Adriaen van Diest
Spitz Dog, Thomas Gainsborough
John and Ann Gravenor, with their daughters , Thomas Gainsborough
The Lady of Shalott, John Atkinson Grimshaw
Evening Glow , John Atkinson Grimshaw
A Club of Gentlemen, Joseph Highmore
A Family Conversation Piece, Joseph Highmore
An Unknown Man, Joseph Highmore
Tahitian War Galleys in Matavai Bay, Tahiti, William Hodges
The Marmalong Bridge, with a Sepoy and Natives in the Foreground, William Hodges
The Thames and the Adelphi, William Hodges
Storm on the Ganges, with Mrs. Hastings near the Col-gon Rocks, William Hodges
A Married Sailor's Adieu, Julius Caesar Ibbetson
A Stage Coach on a Country Road, Julius Caesar Ibbetson
A Waterfall with Bathers, Julius Caesar Ibbetson
Donkeys and Figures on a Beach, Julius Caesar Ibbetson
George Biggin, Julius Caesar Ibbetson
Lake Windermere, Julius Caesar Ibbetson
Langdale Pikes from Lowood, Julius Caesar Ibbetson
The Shooting Party, Julius Caesar Ibbetson
Lake Albano, Italy, Thomas Jones
The Death of Orpheus, Thomas Jones
The Vale of Pencerrig, Thomas Jones
Lucretia, Sir Godfrey Kneller
Corfu from Ascension, Edward Lear
Corfu from Santa Decca, Edward Lear
Sir Ralph Bankes, Sir Peter Lely
Diana Kirke, later Countess of Oxford, Sir Peter Lely
Winter Landscape, George Morland
The Old Water Mill, George Morland
An Ornithologist, Ramsay Richard Reinagle
Grace Rose, Frederick Sandys
Ailsa Craig, William Bell Scott
Brown and White Norfolk or Water Spaniel, George Stubbs
A Lion Attacking a Stag, George Stubbs
Jacob's Dream, James Thornhill
Allegory of the Power of Great Britain by Sea, James Thornhill
Allegory of the Power of Great Britain by Land, James Thornhill
Castle Saint- Michel, Bonneville , Savoy, Joseph Mallord William Turner
Mary of Modena, Simon Pietersz Verelst
A View of the Tiber with Rome in the Distance, Richard Wilson
Kew Gardens: The Pagoda and Bridge, Richard Wilson
The Destruction of Niobe's Children, Richard Wilson
The Head of Lake Nemi, Richard Wilson
Mid-Day Rest. Harvest, William Frederick Witherington
Sir John Corbet of Adderley, John Michael Wright
The Blacksmith's Shop, Joseph Wright
Vesuvius from Posillipo, Joseph Wright
Derwent Water, with Skiddaw in the distance, Joseph Wright
Matlock Tor by Moonlight, Joseph Wright
Academy by Lamplight, Joseph Wright
The Yale Center for British Art at Yale University in downtown New Haven, Connecticut, houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. The collection of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, rare books, and manuscripts reflects the development of British art and culture from the Elizabethan period onward.
The Center was established by a gift from Paul Mellon (Yale College Class of 1929) of his British art collection to Yale in 1966, together with an endowment for operations of the Center, and funds for a building to house the works of art. The building was designed by Louis I. Kahn and constructed at the corner of York and Chapel Streets in New Haven, across the street from one of Kahn's earliest buildings, the Yale University Art Gallery, built in 1953. The Yale Center for British Art was completed after Kahn's death in 1974, and opened to the public on April 19, 1977. The exterior is made of matte steel and reflective glass; the interior is made of travertine marble, white oak, and Belgian linen. Kahn succeeded in creating intimate galleries where one can view objects in diffused natural light. He wanted to allow in as much daylight as possible, with artificial illumination used only on dark days or in the evening. The building’s design, materials, and sky-lit rooms combine to provide an environment for the works of art that is simple and dignified.
The Center is affiliated with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London, which awards grants and fellowships, publishes academic titles, and sponsors Yale’s first credit-granting undergraduate study abroad program, Yale-in-London.
The collection consists of nearly 2,000 paintings and 200 sculptures, with an emphasis on the period between William Hogarth's birth (1697) to J. M. W. Turner's death (1851). Other artists represented include Thomas Gainsborough, George Stubbs, Joseph Wright, John Constable, Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Lawrence, Robert Polhill Bevan, Stanley Spencer, Barbara Hepworth, and Ben Nicholson.
Interior of the fourth floor
Fourth floor lobby
The collection also has works by artists from Europe and North America who lived and worked in Britain. These include Hans Holbein, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Canaletto, Johann Zoffany, John Singleton Copley, Benjamin West, and James McNeill Whistler.
Some areas of emphasis of the collection are small group portraits, known as "conversation pieces", including those by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Zoffany and Arthur Devis; landscape paintings by Gainsborough, Richard Wilson, Constable, Richard Parkes Bonington and Turner; and British sporting and animal paintings, featuring George Stubbs, John Wootton, Benjamin Marshall, and Alfred Munnings. Other genres include marine paintings, represented by Samuel Scott and Charles Brooking; London cityscapes; travel art from India, scenes of Shakespearean plays, and portraits of actors.
Sculptors represented include Louis-Francois Roubiliac, Joseph Nollekens, Francis Chantrey, Jacob Epstein, and Henry Moore.
The collection of 20,000 drawings and watercolors and 31,000 prints features British sporting art and figure drawings. It includes works by Hogarth, Paul Sandby, Thomas Rowlandson, William Blake, John Constable, Samuel Palmer, Richard Parkes Bonington, John Ruskin, J. M. W. Turner, Walter Sickert, Duncan Grant, Paul Nash, Edward Burra, Stanley Spencer, Augustus John, Gwen John, and the Pre-Raphaelites.
The Center's collection of rare books and manuscripts comprises 35,000 volumes, including maps, atlases, sporting books, and archival material of British artists. It also has some 1,300 leaves originating in illustrated incunabula. The collection also includes a complete set of William Morris’s Kelmscott Press publications as well as a growing collection of contemporary artists’ books. The core of the collection of illustrated books is the material amassed by Major J. R. Abbey‚ one of the first collectors of British color-plate books, and includes more than 2‚000 volumes describing British life‚ customs‚ scenery‚ and travel during the period 1770–1860. The Center’s collection also contains a significant number of early maps and atlases.
The four-floor Center offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions and educational programs, including films, concerts, lectures, tours, symposia, and family programs. It also provides numerous opportunities for scholarly research, including residential fellowships. Academic resources of the Center include the reference library (40,000 volumes) and photo archive, conservation laboratories, and a study room for examining works on paper from the collection.
The Center is open to the public free of charge six days a week, and is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museums program.
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