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Image Collections: Photographs


detail of Mary Cassatt, Mother and Child (Maternal Kiss)   detail of Gerard van Spaendonck, Still Life with Bird's Nest   detail of Regence Brass-Inlaid Ebony and Bronze Dore Elephant Clock   detail of Kneeling Carthusian Monk, c. 1380-1400
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DEALERS' ARCHIVES

The purchase of the photographic collections of commercial dealers often extends the scope of the Department of Image Collections to include lesser-known artists and works of art.

Christie's
A selection of the most important items sold at Christie's, London, from 1910 to 1980; every catalogue illustration from auctions at Christie's London from 1980 to 1986 and the New York branch from 1977 to 1985 (1,200 microforms)

Colnaghi
British gallery of old master paintings, drawings, and prints (6,000 photographs)

Durand-Ruel
Photo collection from the New York branch of the Paris dealer specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century French paintings (14,000 photographs) sample image

Frost & Reed
Archives of Bristol and London based dealer from 1900-1946 who specialized in British and European paintings (albums containing over 1,200 photographs, clippings and circulars).

Van Diemen-Lilienfeld Galleries
German gallery that relocated to New York after World War I, dealing in old master, modern French, and German expressionist works (1,500 photographs and negatives)

Parke-Bernet
Acquired by Sotheby's in 1964, Parke-Bernet was the United States' largest auction house. This collection includes not only the photographs documenting sales from the mid-1930s to spring 1972, but also the accompanying catalogues (130,000 photographs and negatives) sample image

Sam Salz
New York dealer who focused primarily on French impressionist paintings and drawings (1,400 photographs)

Schweitzer Gallery
New York gallery specializing in American art (6,000 photographs and negatives)

Jacques Seligman & Co.
New York branch of French firm focusing on old masters, primarily French (8,000 photographs and negatives) sample image

Victor D. Spark
New York dealer in old master paintings (12,000 photographs and negatives)

Waterman Gallery
Amsterdam firm featuring primarily Dutch painting; Gallery correspondence is included in the archive (10,300 photographs, plus clippings from auction catalogues) sample image

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