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Given to Yale University by Paul Mellon, Class of 1929, the Center's resources illustrate British life and culture from the 16th century to the present.
Hadleigh Castle (detail), 1829, oil on canvas.
Selected paintings and sculpture are displayed permanently in the galleries; the balance of the collection is available for inspection in a specially designed study gallery and offices throughout the building. Prints, drawings, and rare books are accessible to visitors in the Study Room on the second floor.
The Yale Center for British Art
houses the most comprehensive collection of English paintings, prints, drawings, rare books, and sculpture outside Great Britain.
Temporary exhibitions occupy an important place in the Center's programs. They range from international loan shows to in-house displays which feature aspects of the permanent collection. Illustrated catalogues accompany the majority of exhibitions.
The Center provides a wide range of free public programs which include film and concert series, gallery talks and tours, lectures and symposia. Full details appear in the semi-annual calendar of events.
The Yale Center for British Art is the final building designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn (1901-1974). It stands across the street from his first major commission, the Yale University Art Gallery of 1951-1953.
Paintings by Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Stubbs, Constable, and Turner, together with sculpture, prints, drawings, watercolors, and rare books, provide an unparalleled visual history of life in Britain since the reign of Henry VIII.
From I-91 and I-95 take the downtown New Haven exit onto 34 West. Take exit 3 and at the light turn right onto York Street. Proceed 2 1/2 blocks to the Center's parking lot on the right.
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Sir Joshua Reynolds, PRA (1723-1792)
Mrs. Abington as "Miss Prue" in Congreve's "Love for Love", ca. 1771. Oil on canvas.
Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-1898)
Fair Rosamund and Queen Eleanor, 1861. Mixed media with gold on paper.
Turner, Dort or Dordrecht
Constable, Hadleigh Castle
Stubbs, A Zebra
Lewis, The Frank Encampment.
Hogarth, The Beggar's Opera
Blake, Los with the Sun.
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