The Yale Center for British Art contains the largest collection of British art outside of the United Kingdom. The Center was established by Paul Mellon, a Yale 1929 alum, and the building was designed by Louis I. Kahn, the last building he designed. The Center’s collection consists of nearly 2,000 paintings and 200 sculptures, including works from Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, Joshua Reynolds, Benjamin Marshall, Anthony van Dyck, Louis-Francois Roubiliac, Jacob Epstein, John Wootton, Gwen John, and William Blake. Admission is always free and open to the public. Conveniently located at 1080 Chapel Street at High St, New Haven, CT.At the Yale Center for British Art you can wander among the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside of grand old England. This museum definitely has bragging rights: 1,900 paintings, 100 sculptures, 20,000 drawings and watercolors, 30,000 prints, and 30,000 titles of rare books and manuscripts. Housed inside the museum’s walls are masterpieces dating back to the 15th century.Yankee Magazine October 2006A stunning collection of British art — the largest outside the United Kingdom — resides downtown in an iconic Louis Kahn-designed modern steel-and-glass landmark. The soaring cathedral-like entrance bathed in natural light sets a dramatic stage for the series of intimate sky-lit galleries. This museum is a treasure trove of paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings, along with rare books and manuscripts, that reflect British life, art, and culture since the Elizabethan age. A fine museum shop offers reproduction prints, books, handcrafted jewelry, educational toys, and games.Yankee Magazine April 2006The Yale Center for British Art has the finest collection of British art outside the U.K. Open Tues.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. noon-5. Free.Yankee Magazine April 2004
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