The Photographic Survey has been in existence since the early 1950s. It was founded in conjunction with the Frick Art Reference Library in New York in order to record the works of art in private collections in England, Wales and Ireland and to make their existence known to scholars. The photographs are housed in the Witt and Conway Libraries at The Courtauld Institute, and prints are available for study in the libraries of many universities and galleries in Europe and the United States. Well over five hundred collections have been photographed, and the work of the Photographic Survey provides an invaluable resource for scholars and students of Art History.
The majority of collections recorded by the Photographic Survey are those in country houses, with large numbers of portraits and Old Master paintings. Most of the photographs are of paintings, drawings and watercolours, but sculpture, architecture and architectural drawings are also included in the Survey. Copies of all photographs of paintings, drawings and sculptures are filed under the artists’ names or relevant section in the Witt and Conway Library.
Access and Opening Times
We give access to the Photographic Survey archive in rare cases only and strictly by appointment. Opening times are those of the Witt and Conway Libraries: Monday to Friday from 13:00 to 17:30 (last admission 17:00).
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