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Art Dealers' Archives

Acquiring the photographic collections of commercial dealers extends the scope of the department of image collections to include lesser-known artists and works of art. Gifts are noted with an asterisk.


M. Bernard
London dealer specializing in 18th-century British and European paintings (2,900 photographs)


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


P. & D. Colnaghi
Photographs documenting sales which took place at London’s Colnaghi gallery between 1950 and 1980, specializing in old master paintings, drawings, and prints. Includes photos from the personal archive of Adrian Eeles, director of the Print Department at Colnaghi from 1976 to 1982 (4,800 photographs) and from the photographic firm John R. Freeman & Co. (6,000 photographs).


A. Damon
Photos of late 19th- and early 20th-century French decorative arts from the archives of the Paris furniture maker and interior decorator (580 mounted photographs). More


Photo collection from the New York branch of the Paris dealer specializing in 19th- and 20th-century French paintings (15,515 photographs).  More


Ehrich Galleries
Photos of American, British, and European paintings from the New York gallery received as part of the Richter Archive (approximately 2,500 photographs)


Fendrick Gallery*
Washington, DC and New York dealer specializing in contemporary American craft, painting and sculpture (28,000 slides, photographs, negatives and transparencies).


French & Company
Select photographs from the New York art dealer and decorator French & Company, specializing in European decorative arts, painting, sculpture, and architectural elements (1,500 photographs). More


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


Kennedy Galleries
Photos of American painting and sculpture from the New York gallery, transferred from the Frick Art Reference Library (17,900 photographs)


Alistair Mathews
English dealer active from 1959 to 1982 specializing in British and European drawings and watercolors (4,276 small format photographs). More


Acquired by Sotheby's in 1964, Parke-Bernet was the United States' largest auction house. This collection includes photographs documenting sales from the mid-1930s to 1972 and the accompanying catalogues (130,000 photographs and negatives). More


Sam Salz
New York dealer who focused primarily on French impressionist paintings and drawings (1,417 photographs) More


Schaeffer Galleries
Select images from the New York dealer specializing in old master works of art (15,442 photos, clippings and negatives). More


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


Jacques Seligmann & Co.
New York branch of French firm focusing on old masters, primarily French with some Italian. Papers conserved in the Archives of American Art; informational sheets on some objects also included in NGA image collections (8,000 photographs and negatives). More


Victor D. Spark
New York dealer in old master paintings as well as 19th and early 20th century art  (12,000 photographs and negatives). More


Van Diemen-Lilienfeld Galleries
The New York branch of Van Diemen Galleries became the Van Diemen-Lilienfeld Galleries when it merged with the Lilienfeld Galleries in 1936.  The gallery specialized primarily in old master, modern French and German expressionist works (1,500 photographs, negatives, microfiche and microfilm). More


Waterman Gallery
Amsterdam firm featuring primarily Dutch painting; National Gallery of Art correspondence is included in the archive (10,300 photographs, plus clippings from auction catalogues). More


John Weber Gallery
New York gallery specializing in contemporary art (1,140 photographs, negatives and transparencies). More

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