Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Online Catalogue of National Gallery Archive

The National Gallery, London has made the catalogue for its archive collections available to search online. The records document the history of pictures in the gallery's collection. They also record the history and development of the institution from its foundation in 1824 to the present day. The records are wide in scope and among other curiosities contain exhibition details, photographs, architectural plans and publicity materials. The results are particular to the gallery's activities, however the list of past events on the website gives a flavour of the exhibition content. Check the 'Access to the Archive' link for useful further research links: the Artists' Papers Register can be used to locate the archives of artists and art related bodies, and the War Artists' Archive at the Imperial War Museum contains papers relating to the commissioning of official war artists since 1916.