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British Country Houses, Gardens, and Castles: Prints & Drawings

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, Vesuvius in Eruption, between 1817 and 1820, watercolor, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

George Stubbs, Labourers, 1789, Etching, stipple engraving, roulette and rocker, Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

YCBA Prints and Drawings Department

A portion of the Center's collection of prints and drawings 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.

The Department of Prints and Drawings is responsible for more than 20,000 drawings and watercolors and 30,000 prints. The collection offers a comprehensive view of the development of British graphic art from the Tudor age to the twenty-first century. While there is a particular emphasis on the British watercolor school of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, the collection is wide-ranging. Areas of specialized interest include topographical prints, caricatures, mezzotint portraits, sporting prints, architectural drawings, Shakespearean subjects, and works relating to the former British Empire.

The Study Room, for viewing prints‚ drawings‚ rare books, and manuscripts, is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am to 4:30 pm. No appointment is required.

Contact the Department

     Department of Prints and Drawings
     Yale Center for British Art
     1080 Chapel Street
     P.O. Box 208280
     New Haven, CT 06520-8280

     +1 203 432 7314
     +1 203 432 2840 fax

To find information about objects in the Prints and Drawings Collection

YCBA Paintings and Sculpture Collection online: Browsable online database that includes basic information on objects 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 Card Catalogue:
A card catalogue in the Center's Study Room provides access to the Prints and Drawings Collection. Arranged by artist name and subdivided by type (print or drawing), the catalogue can be freely used by patrons. No appointment is necessary. To view any work in the collection simply fill out a call slip and present it in the Study Room.

 Study Room Hours: Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 4:30 pm

YCBA Reference Library:
the Reference Library can provide you with a bibliography pertaining to specific objects in the collection. Contact the Reference Desk at (203) 432-2818 or email

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 prints and drawings 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.


     Hargraves, Matthew. Great British Watercolors from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art,
     YCBA, 2007.

     Wilcox, Scott. The Line of Beauty: British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century, YCBA, 2001.

     Egerton, Judy. British Sporting and Animal Prints 1658-1874: The Paul Mellon Collection, Tate Gallery, 1981.  
Catalogue Raisonn
és: 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.