||The Yale Center for British Art is a public art museum and research institute for the study of British art and culture. Presented to Yale University by Paul Mellon (Class of 1929), the Center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. The collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, rare books, and manuscripts reflects the development of British art and life from the Elizabethan period onward. Works on view include masterpieces by Joshua Reynolds, George Stubbs, Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner, and John Constable, as well as major artists from Europe and America who lived and worked in Britain. The collection continues to grow through the generosity of the Center's many donors and friends. The Center offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions and programs. Resources include a reference library and study room for examining works on paper. The Museum Shop offers an exceptional range of books, cards, and gift items from the United Kingdom. Opened to the public in 1977, The Center is the final building designed by acclaimed American architect Louis I. Kahn. It stands across the street from Kahn's first major commission, the Yale University Art Gallery (1953). Located in downtown New Haven, the Center is near many of the city's best restaurants, theaters and shops.