York Art Gallery collection

The York Art Gallery collection is very strong in painting, sculpture and graphic arts and features a wide range of secondary textbooks and many different exhibition catalogues from around the world.

British painting is particularly well represented, with many books on Constable, JMW Turner, George Stubbs and LS Lowry to name just a few.

About the collection


These include items with fine bindings, a manual of 18th-century scientific experiments, and some wonderful books on the art of Japanese prints. A how-to guide of drawing from nature also has some wonderful illustrations inside.

These may be consulted at the Borthwick Institute for Archives.


The Art Gallery donated over 3,500 items to the University Library in 2014.

Further information

Different topics of art are also included and a sample of titles added shows the breadth of the collection.