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, there will be special arrangements for access to the paintings and sculpture collection. A number of paintings will be on display at the Yale University Art Gallery. Other works can be viewed by appointment only and some objects may not be available.

Please check the online catalogue for the status of the work. To make an appointment to see a work marked as “not on view,” please contact, stating the artist, title, accession number, and the date you plan to visit. Requests for appointments should be made a minimum of two weeks in advance.  

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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

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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 Center's historic frames.

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

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