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British Country Houses, Gardens, and Castles: Paintings & Sculpture

This page is intended to guide users through the resources needed to study Castles, Country Houses and Gardens of England, Scotland and Wales.

Collection Highlights

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Staffa, Fingal's Cave, 1831-1832, oil on canvas, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

John Sell Cotman, Ruined House, Between 1807-1810, oil on millboard, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

YCBA Paintings and Sculpture Department

The Department of Paintings and Sculpture is responsible for a collection of approximately 2,000 paintings and 200 sculptures. Particularly strong in the period from 1700–1850, the collection ranges from a medieval Nottingham alabaster to works by contemporary artists. Thanks to the special interests of founder Paul Mellon, the Center also has one of the greatest collections of British sporting and animal paintings in the world.
The Center's entire collection of paintings and sculpture is now searchable on the Center's website. The online catalogue provides standard object information as well as access to publication-quality images for all objects in the public domain.
Contact the Department

     Department of Paintings and Sculpture
     Yale Center for British Art
     1080 Chapel Street
     P.O. Box 208280
     New Haven, CT 06520-8280
     +1 203 432 2844
     +1 203 432 4538 fax

To find information about Objects in the Paintings and Sculpture Collection

YCBA Paintings and Sculpture Collection online: Browsable online database that includes basic information on each object in the collection.

YCBA Object Bibliographies:
The YCBA Reference Library has created bibliographies for many of the works in the collection, ask for information at the YCBA Reference desk  (203) 432-2818, or

YCBA Printed publications:
The YCBA Reference Library holds a complete collection of the Center's exhibition and collection catalogues dating from 1977 to today. Most of these publications include objects from YCBA collections. To see a listing of these publications in ORBIS, search for "Yale Center for British Art" as a keyword phrase in the "Publisher" field.


McCaughey, Patrick.  George Stubbs in the collection of Paul Mellon : A Memorial Exhibition , YCBA, 1999.

Warner, Malcolm. This Other Eden: Paintings from the Yale Center for British Art, YCBA, 1998.

Egerton, Judy. British Sporting and Animal Paintings: The Paul Mellon Collection, Tate Gallery, 1978.

Catalogue Raisonnés: The YCBA Reference Library collects catalogue raisonnés and exhibition catalogues devoted to artists in the Center's collections. Many of the objects in the YCBA collections can be found in these publications.