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The Conway Library

The Gothic Ivories Project is geographically located in the Conway Library, and took as its starting point images of Gothic Ivories from the Conway library collection - one of the two large photographic collections held by The Courtauld Institute of Art.

These two libraries, the Witt Library, which documents paintings and drawings, and the Conway, which documents mainly three-dimensional works, are major resources for the study of western art and architecture.

The Conway, which includes primarily architecture and sculpture, has also always been a thriving centre for medieval studies and extends its holdings for this period to include a wide coverage of illuminated manuscripts and applied arts, such as ivory carving, metalwork and stained glass. Another large section of the library is devoted to architectural drawings from the renaissance to the modern period. In all, the Conway Library contains over one million images, either original photographs or cuttings from journals and catalogues. The art on record ranges from Classical Antiquity to the most contemporary manifestations, now including a section on photographic and video arts and installations.

We welcome users who wish to find out more about the extent of the Conway library’s holdings to visit the library in person.

The library is open from Monday to Friday between the hours of 11am and 4pm, except when The Courtauld Institute of Art is closed at Christmas and Easter and during the Book Library closure period each August.

Library Enquiries

+44 (0)20 7848 2743

Rights and Reproductions Enquiries

Courtauld Images: +44 (0)20 7848 2879

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