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The English as collectors : a documentary sourcebook
Herrmann, Frank.
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New Castle, Del. : Oak Knoll Press ; London : John Murray, [1999]

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xlviii, 461 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
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Originally published: New York : W.W. Norton, 1972. With new introd.

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An introduction discussing acquisition, supply, expertise, economics, and other issues is followed by chronologically-arranged, annotated contributions addressing English art collections and collectors. Originally published in 1972 by W. W. Norton, New York under the title The English as Collectors:

Author Notes

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

Dr Gustav WaagenMrs Anna JamesonMrs Anna JamesonDr Gustav WaagenJames Lees-MilneHorace WalpoleJames KennedyThomas MartynJohn TalmanSir Joshua ReynoldsR. W. Ketton-CremerHelen Matilda, Countess of RadnorWilliam T. WhitleyWilliam BuchananWilliam BuchananFrank HerrmannWilliam BuchananDr Gustav WaagenSir Henry EllisWilliam T. WhitleyWilliam T. WhitleyWilliam T. WhitleyWilliam BuchananWilliam T. WhitleyWilliam T. WhitleyHugh Macandrew and Michael ComptonJ. D. PassavantDr Gustav WaagenJ. A. GereGeorge RedfordWilliam BuchananThomas WinstanleyC. R. CarterFrank HerrmannMrs Anna JamesonGeorge RedfordLady BessboroughJ. D. PassavantDr Gustav WaagenDr Gustav WaagenWilliam T. WhitleyJohn SteegmanJohn SteegmanCamilla TylerFrank HerrmannMrs Anna JamesonRev. J. MaberleyWilliam T. WhitleyGeorge RedfordLord HertfordLord HertfordJohn SteegmanFrank DavisW. RobertsW. Fox StrangwaysLady Elizabeth EastlakeJohn SteegmanGeorge RedfordGeorge RedfordGeorge RedfordGeorge RedfordBernard BerensonGermain SeligmanF. J. B. WatsonSir Martin ConwaySir Robert C. WittMax FriedlanderA. C. R. CarterAnthony BluntDr C. Willett CunningtonFrank HerrmannJ. Byam Shaw and Ian RobertsonSir John RothensteinWilliam Wells
Illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
In Introductory Updating to the Second Editionp. xiv
1. Prefatoryp. 3
2. Historicalp. 8
3. The Acquisitive Impulsep. 20
4. Sources of Supplyp. 23
5. The Growth of Expertisep. 33
6. The Economic Factorp. 38
7. The Literaturep. 42
8. The Emergence of the Official Collectorp. 45
Part 1 From the Beginnings to 1824
The Great Trio: Charles I, Arundel and Buckinghamp. 57
The First Collectorsp. 65
Collecting as a Fashion: Mrs Jameson surveys the Eighteenth Centuryp. 68
Dr Waagen Againp. 72
An Exemplary Grand Tourp. 74
Aedes Walpolianaep. 80
Horace Walpole's Journal of Visits to Country Seats (Melbury, Burghley)p. 92
Principles of Sculpture Collectingp. 96
Collectors First Collectedp. 99
The Resta Drawings for Salep. 107
Reynolds Reports to the Duke of Rutlandp. 112
Strawberry Hillp. 116
A Case of Family Collecting: The Earls of Radnorp. 122
The Difficulties of Viewing Collectionsp. 125
The Vitturi Collection in English Handsp. 127
Buchanan on the Orleans Collectionp. 133
The Orleans Dispersal: An Explanatory Postscriptp. 139
The Flemish Part of the Orleans Collectionp. 142
Dr Waagen Surveys the Post-Orleans Erap. 145
Dr Waagen on the Elgin Marblesp. 153
Lord Elgin's Rescue of the Sculptures from the Parthenonp. 154
Fagan, an Early Importerp. 162
The Altieri Claudesp. 163
And a Postscript: The Altieri Claudesp. 166
Irvine reports to Buchanan from Italyp. 167
Desenfans: The Amateur Professionalp. 172
Desenfans tricked by Sir Joshua Reynoldsp. 178
William Roscoep. 179
Roscoe Late in Lifep. 182
Waagen meets William Young Ottleyp. 183
Ottley's Life as a Collectorp. 186
Lawrence's Collection spurnedp. 189
Buchanan Himself at Workp. 193
Pictures with Pedigrees ...p. 198
... and Pictures without A.p. 201
Edward Sollyp. 202
The Remarkable Acquisition of Correggio's Education of Venusp. 208
The Beckford Collection soldp. 210
Rogers on Fonthill Abbeyp. 218
Holkham Hall, 1833p. 219
View before the Salep. 224
The British Institutionp. 226
An Extreme View quotedp. 230
Advertisement: Advice to Proprietorsp. 232
Part 2 1824 and After
The Changing Taste of Collectorsp. 235
Prince Albert as Collectorp. 239
Sir John Soanep. 241
Sir Robert Peelp. 246
The House of Samuel Rogers 'Athenaeum'p. 249
The Collection of Samuel Rogersp. 254
On the Hazards of showing one s Collectionp. 260
The Founding of the National Galleryp. 263
The Stowe Salep. 274
A Sidelight on Stowep. 280
Lord Hertford and his Agentp. 282
The Taste for Objects d'Artp. 288
Official Collecting: The Soulages Collection purchasedp. 290
Sale of the Bernal Collectionp. 293
A Generous Donationp. 299
The Eastlakes on Tourp. 302
The Great Manchester Exhibition - and the New Connoisseurshipp. 312
The Northwick Collectionp. 320
An Early Turner Collectorp. 327
Lady Charlotte Schreiber from her Journalsp. 329
A Picture Sale at Christie s (1887)p. 343
The Hamilton Palace Collectionp. 348
On the Use of Photography in the Study of Paintingp. 353
The Wallace-Bagatelle Collectionp. 354
The Rothschilds of Waddesdon Manorp. 361
The Sport of Collecting: The Dream Come True; Luxor; The Failure of an Amateur 'Scout'p. 365
The Great Exodusp. 373
Problems of Connoisseurshipp. 377
The Tatton Turnersp. 379
The Collection of Samuel Courtauldp. 382
Collecting Costumep. 384
The Twentieth Centuryp. 387
Sir Karl Parker: Survey of a Recent Stewardshipp. 406
Filling the Gapsp. 409
The Need for Morep. 411
Sir William Burrell's Purchase Books (1911--1957)p. 413
Select, Annotated Bibliographyp. 418
Indexp. 437