The Courtauld Institute of Art:
Conway Library

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The Courtauld Institute of Art





The Courtauld Institute of Art is collaborating with ARTstor to share approximately 34,000 images of world architecture and sculpture from the Conway Library in the Digital Library. The Institute houses two large photographic libraries that are major resources for the study of Western art and architecture. The Conway Library documents primarily three-dimensional works, such as architecture and sculpture, while the Witt Library contains reproductions of paintings, drawings, and prints. The collection in ARTstor will comprise approximately 22,700 images of architecture and 11,300 images of sculpture selected from the Conway Library's extensive holdings of historic photographs and cuttings from publications that depict art and architecture from the 5th century BCE to the present. The core of the archive consists of the private collection of Lord William Martin Conway, First Baron Conway of Allington, which the Institute acquired in 1932. Since its inception, the archive has been continuously developed as a teaching and research collection and augmented by donation and purchase, as well as by photographic campaigns undertaken by staff photographers and graduate students to document works and sites in the United Kingdom and Europe. Today, the Conway Library contains more than one million photographs of architecture, architectural drawings, sculpture, and illuminated manuscripts. Approximately 34,000 images digitized from the architecture and sculpture sections of the archive will be shared in the Digital Library.

The Courtauld Institute of Art is located at Somerset House, an 18th century building designed by William Chambers on the banks of the Thames river in Central London. In 1932, Samuel Courtauld founded The Courtauld Institute of Art and donated his personal collection of art, which formed the core of the permanent collection of The Courtauld Gallery. The Institute is one of the world's leading centres for the study of art history and conservation. An independent college of the University of London, the Institute offers exceptional resources for students, including the Gallery's collections and outstanding research libraries and image archives. As part of its collaboration with ARTstor, the Institute will also share approximately 8,100 images of works in the permanent collection of The Courtauld Gallery in the Digital Library.

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Collection information

Total size of collection* 34,000
Percentage of completion 0%

* Image totals should be regarded as an approximation until a given collection is 100% complete. Users should also bear in mind that the number of images available to them may vary from country to country, reflecting ARTstor’s approach to addressing an international copyright landscape that itself varies from country to country.

Last updated: July 7, 2010

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