The Yale Center for British Art has contributed approximately 5,500 images of its permanent collection to the Artstor Digital Library. The selection in Artstor comes from the Center’s departments of Paintings and Sculpture, and Prints and Drawings, and traces the history of British art from the 16th through the early 20th century.

The Paintings and Sculpture Department is robustly represented with works by Richard Wilson, George Stubbs, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Thomas Lawrence, John Constable, J.M.W. Turner, and many others, as well as examples of Elizabethan portraiture and the artists of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. An exceptional and extensive selection of sporting and animal paintings is also available. Works from the Prints and Drawings Department showcase the British watercolor school of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, in addition to graphic art, topographical prints, caricatures, mezzotint portraits, sporting prints, architectural drawings, and Shakespearean subjects. Prints, drawings, and sketchbooks by Thomas Rowlandson, William Blake, William Gilpin, Edward Lear, John Ruskin, and others are also featured.

The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) is a public art museum and research institute for the study of British art and culture. Presented to Yale University by Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929), the Center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Opened to the public in 1977, the building for the Center is architect Louis I. Kahn’s final design. The collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, rare books, and manuscripts traces the development of British art and life from the Elizabethan period onward through the work of iconic English artists and it also encompasses those from Europe and America who lived and worked in Britain. Academic resources include the Reference Library and Archive, conservation laboratories, a study room, as well as rare books and manuscripts from the collection, and an online catalogue of the collections.