Paul Mellon in conversation with arts writer and lecturer, Rosamond Bernier.
This film focuses on the many paintings, drawings, books and sculptures donated by Mellon to the Yale University Center for British Art. The greatest collection of its kind outside of Britain, the film illustrates Mellon’s passion for British culture and represents the efforts of one man collecting the work of centuries.
The museum building is the last major work of architect Louis Kahn. Artists represented in the collection include: Rowlandson, Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, Constable, Francis Wheatley, Stubbs, Turner; and some works by artists who – as Mellon and Bernier agree – may qualify as “honorary Englishman” because they worked there at some point in their lives: Van Dyck, Canaletto, and Rubens.