9781884718830

The English as Collectors

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    9781884718830

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    1884718833

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  • Copyright: 1999-12-01
  • Publisher: Oak Knoll Press
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Author Biography

Frank Herrmann spent much of his life as a book publisher; but a strong interest in the working of the art market and the history of collecting led him to compile first, The English as Collectors and later, Sotheby's: Portrait of an Auction House. That firm asked him to join their management in the late 1970s and he became director in charge of overseas operations. In 1983, he started his own auction house for antiquarian books, Bloomsbury Book Auctions, where he is still active. Recently described as 'the formost authority on the history of the British art market', he has written many articles on collecting and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. Together with his wife he has assembled one of the largest private collections of early nineteenth-century British ceramics. He now devotes much of his time to supporting a number of institutional libraries.

Table of Contents

Illustrations
viii
Acknowledgments xi
An Introductory Updating to the Second Edition xiv
Introduction
Prefatory
3(5)
Historical
8(12)
The Acquisitive Impulse
20(3)
Sources of Supply
23(10)
The Growth of Expertise
33(5)
The Economic Factor
38(4)
The Literature
42(3)
The Emergence of the Official Collector
45(373)
PART 1. FROM THE BEGINNINGS TO 1824
The Great Trio: Charles I, Arundel and Buckingham
57(8)
Dr Gustav Waagen
The First Collectors
65(3)
Mrs Anna Jameson
Collecting as a Fashion: Mrs Jameson surveys the Eighteenth Century
68(4)
Mrs Anna Jameson
Dr Waagen Again
72(2)
Dr Gustav Waagen
An Exemplary Grand Tour
74(6)
James Lees-Milne
Aedes Walpolianae
80(12)
Horace Walpole
Horace Walpole's Journal of Visits to Country Seats (Melbury, Burghley)
92(4)
Principles of Sculpture Collecting
96(3)
James Kennedy
Collectors First Collected
99(8)
Thomas Martyn
The Resta Drawings for Sale
107(5)
John Talman
Reynolds Reports to the Duke of Rutland
112(4)
Sir Joshua Reynolds
Strawberry Hill
116(6)
R. W. Ketton-Cremer
A Case of Family Collecting: The Earls of Radnor
122(3)
Helen Matilda
The Difficulties of Viewing Collections
125(2)
William T. Whitley
The Vitturi Collections in English Hands
127(6)
William Buchanan
Buchanan on the Orleans Collection
133(6)
William Buchanan
The Orleans Dispersal: An Explanatory Postscript
139(3)
Frank Herrmann
The Flemish Part of the Orleans Collection
142(3)
William Buchanan
Dr Waagen Surveys the Post-Orleans Era
145(8)
Dr Gustav Waagen
Dr Waagen on the Elgin Marbles
153(1)
Lord Elgin's Rescue of the Sculptures from the Parthenon
154(8)
Sir Henry Ellis
Fagan, an Early Importer
162(1)
William T. Whitley
The Altieri Claudes
163(3)
William T. Whitley
And a Postscript: The Altieri Claudes
166(1)
William T. Whitley
Irvine reports to Buchanan from Italy
167(5)
William Buchanan
Desenfans: The Amateur Professional
172(6)
William T. Whitley
Desenfans tricked by Sir Joshua Reynolds
178(1)
William T. Whitley
William Roscoe
179(3)
Hugh Macandre
Michael Compton
Roscoe Late in Life
182(1)
J.D. Passavant
Waagen meets William Young Ottley
183(3)
Dr Gustav Waagen
Ottley's Life as a Collector
186(3)
J. A. Gere
Lawrence's Collection spurned
189(4)
George Redford
Buchanan Himself at Work
193(5)
William Buchanan
Pictures with Pedigrees
198(3)
Thomas Winstanley
and Pictures Without
201(1)
A. C. R. Carter
Edward Solly
202(6)
Frank Herrmann
The Remarkable Acquisition of Correggio's Education of Venus
208(2)
Mrs Anna Jameson
The Beckford Collection sold
210(8)
George Redford
Rogers on Fonthill Abbey
218(1)
Lady Bessborough
Holkham Hall, 1833
219(5)
J. D. Passavant
View before the Sale
224(2)
Dr Gustav Waagen
The British Institution
226(4)
Dr Gustav Waagen
An Extreme View quoted
230(2)
William T. Whitley
Advertisement : Advice to Proprietors
232(3)
PART 2. 1824 AND AFTER
The Changing Taste of Collectors
235(4)
John Steegman
Prince Albert as Collector
239(2)
John Steegman
Sir John Soane
241(5)
Camilla Tyler
Sir Robert Peel
246(3)
Frank Herrmann
The House of Samuel Rogers `A thenaeum'
249(5)
The Collection of Samuel Rogers
254(6)
Mrs Anna Jameson
On the Hazards of showing one s Collection
260(3)
Rev. J. Maberley
The Founding of the National Gallery
263(11)
William T. Whitley
The Stowe Sale
274(6)
George Redford
A Sidelight on Stowe
280(2)
Lord Hertford
Lord Hertford and his Agent
282(6)
Lord Hertford
The Taste for Objets d' Art
288(2)
John Steegman
Official Collecting: The Soulages Collection purchased
290(3)
Frank Davis
Sale of the Bernal Collection
293(6)
W. Roberts
A Generous Donation
299(3)
W. Fox Strangways
The Eastlakes on Tour
302(10)
Lady Elizabeth Eastlake
The Great Manchester Exhibition---and the New Connoisseurship
312(8)
John Steegman
The Northwick Collection
320(7)
George Redford
An Early Turner Collector
327(2)
George Redford
Lady Charlotte Schreiber from her Journals
329(14)
A Picture Sale at Christie s (1887)
343(5)
George Redford
The Hamilton Palace Collection
348(5)
George Redford
On the Use of Photography in the Study of Painting
353(1)
Bernard Berenson
The Wallace-Bagatelle Collection
354(7)
Germain Seligman
The Rothschilds of Waddesdon Manor
361(4)
F. J. B. Watson
The Sport of Collecting: The Dream Come True; Luxor; The Failure of an Amateur `Scout'
365(8)
Sir Martin Conway
The Great Exodus
373(4)
Sir Robert C. Witt
Problems of Connoisseurship
377(2)
Max Friedlander
The Tatton Turners
379(3)
A. C. R. Carter
The Collection of Samuel Courtauld
382(2)
Anthony Blunt
Collecting Costume
384(3)
Dr. C. Willett Cunnington
The Twentieth Century
387(19)
Frank Herrmann
Sir Karl Parker: Survey of a Recent Stewardship
406(3)
J. Byam Shaw
Ian Robertson
Filling the Gaps
409(2)
Sir John Rothenstein
The Need for More
411(2)
Sir William Burrell's Purchase Books (1911---1957)
413(5)
William Wells
Select, Annotated Bibliography 418(19)
Index 437

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