Exhibitions: Westmorland: Partners

The exhibition is organised with the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven; the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London; in association with the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid. ‘The English Prize’ will open at Yale on 4 October 2012.

The Yale Center For British Art

The Yale Center for British Art 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.

The collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, rare books, and manuscripts reflects the development of British art and life from the Elizabethan period onward. Works on view include masterpieces by Joshua Reynolds, George Stubbs, Thomas Gainsborough, J. M. W. Turner, and John Constable, as well as major artists from Europe and America who lived and worked in Britain.

The Center offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions and programs. Academic resources include the Reference Library and Archive, conservation laboratories, a study room for examining works on paper as well as rare books and manuscripts from the collection, and an online catalogue of the collections.

An affiliated institution in London, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, awards grants and fellowships, publishes academic titles, and sponsors Yale’s first credit-granting undergraduate study abroad program, ‘Yale in London’.

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art was founded in 1970 through a generous grant from Paul Mellon, KBE to Yale University. It is the sister institution to the Yale Center for British Art, which houses Paul Mellon’s collection of British art. (Works of art formerly in Paul Mellon’s collection can be found in the following public collections: Yale Center for British Art, New Haven; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond). The Centre is an educational charity registered in Britain and administered by a Director of Studies. The Director of Studies reports annually to the Board of Governors, consisting of officers and faculty of Yale University.

The Centre was based at 20 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1, from its foundation in 1970 until 1996, when it moved to its present Grade I listed premises at 16 Bedford Square, London.

The Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, Madrid

On 13th July 1744 King Felipe V approved the establishment of a Spanish Royal Academy of Fine Arts, similar in nature to academies in other countries. The opening ceremony of the Royal Academy was held on 13th June 1752.

A major development project, started in the early 1990s, saw the complete renovation of the historic building and a redisplay of the collection. This has enabled the Museum to exhibit works of art acquired and treasured throughout its history over three floors and 59 exhibition rooms. Here all branches of the Fine Arts are represented in a collection made up of work by artists formed in the Academy as well as donations received and acquisitions made throughout the Academy’s 200-year history.

The main collection is made up of drawings and paintings by artists who received and continue to receive their formal training in the school. The Museum also has an important and varied collection of drawings from the 16th to the 20th century numbering around 14,000 works. Like other works held by the museum, this collection is linked didactically to the Academy, through its use as teaching material or as work created by former students.