Paintings and Sculpture

The Department of Paintings and Sculpture is responsible for a collection of over 2,000 paintings and 250 sculptures from the late medieval to the contemporary.

Access to the collection while we are closed

While the Yale Center for British Art is closed for conservation work, access to the paintings and sculpture collection is limited. More than fifty paintings are on display at the Yale University Art Gallery. It may be possible to view other works by appointment; however, some objects may not be available for the duration of the museum’s closure. 

Please contact to discuss availability. Please be aware that appointments are restricted to individuals or small groups, may not always be available, and may be canceled with little or no notice.

Every effort will be made to support class visits which will be evaluated based on the accessibility, quantity, and size of the requested objects. 

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Photo by Stephanie Anestis 

Particularly strong in the period from 1720 to 1850, the collection is unrivaled in the depth and comprehensiveness of its representation of painting from this era, especially in telling the stories of portrait, landscape, and sporting art. The Center also has the finest group of paintings by George Stubbs, John Constable, and J. M. W. Turner in North America. The collection accepts implicitly the transnational character of British painting and is strong in the art of the British Empire and increasingly in the art of the postcolonial present. Sculpture is represented by outstanding examples of portraits in different media, animalier bronzes, and ideal marbles, as well as important modern and contemporary work by such artists as Rachel Whiteread and Yinka Shonibare CBE RA.

George Stubbs, Zebra (detail), 1763

Explore the Collections

Over 100,000 records from the Paintings and Sculpture, Prints and Drawings, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Reference Library, and Archives collections are searchable online, along with nearly all of the Yale Center for British Art's historic frames.

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Philippe Mercier, The Sense of Sight (detail), 1744 to 1747

Contact the Paintings and Sculpture department at | +1 203 432 2844 | +1 203 432 4538 fax