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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

An Imaginary Coast Scene, with the Temple of Venus at Baiae, Thomas Jones

An Imaginary Italianate Landscape with Classical Figures and a Waterfall, Thomas Jones

An Imaginary Landscape with a Traveller and Figures Overlooking the Bay of Baiae, Thomas Jones

Lake Albano, Italy, Thomas Jones

The Death of Orpheus, Thomas Jones

The Vale of Pencerrig, Thomas Jones

View of the Campi Flegrei from the Camaldolese Convent near Naples, 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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