Skip to main content

History of Art - Visual Resources Centre: Photographic Archive

Photographic Archive

The Photographic Archive comprises 600 boxes filled with approximately 140,000 photographs of works of art and architecture. Though predominately black and white, there are a few colour prints. The archive has been indexed in various ways; by Author, by Location and by Theme as well as an index for English Portraits. The Courtauld Institute Illustration Archive, sets 1-4 also make up part of this collection.

The boxes are arranged by artist name and by country for architecture, within each box the prints are sub-divided by collection. The Thematic Index can be used to search by a keyword theme to find suggested artists.



The Visual Resources Centre is open

Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm

Friday 9am - 4pm

If you would like to view the collections or have a question related to the resources please email the Visual Resources Assistant Francesca Issatt at

01865 286839

History of Art Department
University of Oxford
Suite 9, Littlegate House
St Ebbe’s, Oxford
OX1 1PT, United Kingdom