Prints and Drawings
The Department of Prints and Drawings is responsible for more than 20,000 drawings and watercolors, 35,000 prints, and 3,000 photographs from the sixteenth century to now.
Access to the collection while we are closed
While the Yale Center for British Art is closed for conservation work, access to the prints and drawings collection is limited.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The collection is wide-ranging, from Tudor drawings and portrait miniatures to outstanding examples of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century watercolors by notable artists such as William Blake, J. M. W. Turner, and John Constable, to architectural drawings, and works relating to the former British Empire, especially the Subcontinent, the Caribbean, and the African diaspora. The collection has exceptional topographical prints, caricatures, mezzotint portraits, sporting art, and modern and contemporary prints, as well as a growing collection of photographs from the birth of photography to now.