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25 March 2014

11,000 auction records have been published, bringing the total now online to 87,000 lots. Here are the main additions:

Three great collections

The library of Edward, 2nd Earl of Oxford (1689-1741) was 'the most choice and magnificent that were ever collected in this Kingdom'. His bound prints and illustrated books were sold by his widow in 1746 over 22 nights. The sale catalogue is the longest & most detailed of its kind from this period, by some way.

The South Sea Bubble triggered one of the greatest picture sales of the early 18th century, when the heavily-indebted Henry, 1st Duke of Portland (1682-1726) sold his paintings in 1722. One copy of the catalogue survives, in the Frick library. Its manuscript annotations, which list every buyer and price fetched, provide an invaluable snapshot of the major collectors and dealers of that moment.

The collection of old master drawings belonging to the Roman connoisseur Padre Resta was "the finest without doubt in Europe" according to John Talman. Resta sold almost 4000 sheets to the Whig Lord Chancellor, Baron Somers (1651-1716), which were auctioned in London in 1717.

Sales of artists, architects & a composer

Auction catalogues offer a window onto the careers, households and intellectual worlds of the vendors. In this update are the posthumous catalogues of architects Nicholas Hawksmoor (1740), William Kent (1749), Sir Christopher Wren (1749), and Leonard Wooddeson (1733); the painters John Robinson (1746), Louis Goupy (1748), Thomas Morland (1748), Joseph Vanhaecken (1751) and John Ellys (1760); the engraver John Dunstall (1693); and the composer George Frederick Handel (1760).

Auctioneer's copies

The Frick's Portland annotations are probably based on information from the auctioneer's office, given their completeness & the fact that the prices include the post-sale fee (by contrast, the Houlditch transcript of the Portland sale gives the hammer price only). Another catalogue published now - the heavily-annotated catalogue of the 1719 sale of the contents of the Duke of Ormonde's London house - appears to be the only auctioneer's working copy surviving from any sale before the foundation of Christie's.

This update of sale catalogues has been funded very generously by Lowell Libson Ltd. The editor is also very grateful to Ashley Baynton-Williams, Shana Fung, Peter Moore, Kate Papworth, William Schupbach and Jacob Simon for their contributions of data, images and corrections.

Here is a full list of the sources published today:

Sale Catalogues


The library of John Dunstall, late of London (London 1693)

Hadriani Beverlandi patrimonii sui reliquiae: being the cream of his paintings, to be sold by auction at the late dwelling house of Mr Du Bois [London 1711?]

A Catalogue of a curious collection of prints, drawings wooden-prints and bound books of prints (London 1717)

A collection of prints and drawings of the late Right Honourable John Lord Somers (London 1717)

An inventory of the goods of the late Duke of Ormond, in the house in St James's Square, to be sold April 17 1719 (London 1719)

A collection of prints and drawings of Solomon Gautier (London 1720)

A catalogue of pictures by the most celebrated Italian and other eminent masters [London 1722]

A catalogue of the valuable collection of fine pictures of the Right Honourable Archibald, late Earl of Roseberry [London 1725]

A catalogue of a curious collection of pictures, prints and drawings of Mr René Pelletier, lately deceased [London 1726]

A catalogue of the entire and valuable collection of Leonard Wooddeson, Esq, deceased, late of the Board of Works [London 1733]

A catalogue of a curious collection of original pictures, prints, drawings, and brass figures of that well known architect Nicholas Hawksmoor; and of the Hon Col John Mercer [London 1740?]

A catalogue of the collection of Italian, Flemish and French books of prints of the Rt Hon Edward Earl of Oxford and Mortimer, deceas'd (London 1746)

A catalogue of the curious library of the ingenious Mr John Price, surgeon, together with the collection of prints and drawings of Mr Robinson, face painter, deceased (London 1746)

A catalogue of the entire collection of that ingenious artist Mr Ishmael Parbury, late of Salisbury Court, in Fleet Street, watch-chaser... (London 1746)

A catalogue of a curious collection of drawings and prints of that well-known ingenious Mr Lewis Goupy and also the curious drawings, books and prints of Mr Thomas Morland, painter in Pall Mall [London 1748]

A catalogue of the genuine and entire collection of medals and statues of Christopher Wren Esq, late of Hampton Court, deceased; together with the collection of drawings of architecture of the late Sir Christopher Wren, his father (London 1749)

A catalogue of the genuine collection of pictures, models, coins and drawings, framed and glazed, of William Kent Esq (London 1749)

A catalogue of the models, casts, prints, books of prints and drawings of the late ingenious Mr Joseph Vanhaecken (London 1751)

A catalogue of the genuine and entire collections of Italian, Flemish and Dutch pictures of John Ellys, Esq, and George Frederick Handel, Esq (London 1760)

A catalogue of the noble collection of pictures, miniatures, bronzes, gems of Lady Elizabeth Germain, being the collection of the old Earls of Peterborough, and also part of the Arundelian Collection (London 1770)


Bills, Accounts and Receipts


Accounts of Sir John Dutton of Sherborne, 1723-6, brief extracts kindly contributed by Jacob Simon.

Newspapers


Ashley Baynton-Williams has very kindly contributed several newspaper advertisements, including large one, printed in the Daily Journal, 4 March 1724, which lists the stock of the print seller Joseph Smith, of Exeter Exchange. The other adverts now published are:

Post Boy, 12 August 1714

Post Boy, 11 November 1714

Post Boy, 21 February 1717

Post Boy, 25 April 1717

Post Boy, 11 May 1717

Post Boy, 4 June 1717

Post Boy, 8 June 1717

Post Boy, 8 June 1717

Post Boy, 11 June 1717

Post Boy, 13 June 1717



20th December 2013

Landmark catalogues of some of the great art collectors of the 18th century have been published on The art world in Britain 1660 to 1735. In total, 15,000 auction records are published in the current update, which has been wholly funded by a generous donation from Lowell Libson Ltd.


Jonathan Richardson (1665-1745), painter and art theorist. His paintings and the famous collection of prints and drawings were sold in 1747; a further sale took place in 1772 after his son's death.

Richard Mead (1673-1754), physician and virtuoso. Mead's pictures, prints and drawings and marbles, gems and antiquities were all sold in 1755. As well as a conventional sale catalogue, Mead's pictures were also described in a French-style catalogue raisonné, unique in English saleroom literature.

Charles Jervas (circa 1675-1739), Whig court painter and art agent. His paintings, prints and drawings were sold in two vast sales in 1740. Well over 16,000 prints and drawings were offered, from a collection that would have stretched almost three miles if laid end to end.

Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford (1689-1741), the greatest English art collector of the era. His paintings were sold in 1742, but his huge collection of bound prints, his coins and medals and his vast library of printed books were sold gradually, in the decades after his death. Harley's manuscripts were purchased by the British Museum on its foundation in 1753.

George Vertue (1684-1756), engraver, antiquary and chronicler of the arts. His pictures and miniatures, prints and drawings and library were dispersed at three sales in 1757.

Charles Montagu, Earl of Halifax (1661-1715). No catalogue survives of Montagu's library, which was sold in 1701, but his prints, medals, coins and paintings were offered in 1740 in two sales after the death of his nephew.

Mary Edwards (1705-43) of Kensington, patron of Hogarth and "the greatest heiress in England" (Paulson). Her paintings and prints were sold at two sales in 1746.


In addition to these collectors' sales, important documents in the history of the print trade are also published, comprising trade catalogues of John Overton (circa 1675) and David Mortier (1704) and the posthumous sales of the print makers, publishers and print sellers Samuel Sympson (1751), John Smith (1754) and John King (1760).

Several art dealers' catalogues are also published: the paintings that John Closterman brought back from Italy in 1702; the stock of Huguenot carver and picture dealer Thomas Pelletier, 1713; two large catalogues of prints and drawings sold by Solomon Gautier in 1725; and the stock of Humphrey Edwin sold posthumously in 1750.

The editor thanks Ashley Baynton-Williams, Joanna Bowring, Xanthe Brooke, Alan Harrington, Neil Jeffares, Peter Moore, Anna Moore, Bénédicte Miyamoto, Jacob Simon, Nicola Stevens, Carole Taylor and Selby Whittingham, for providing information, prompting corrections or supplying transcripts which appear in this update.


Here is the complete list of what has been published in the current update:

A catalogue of books, pictures and maps... sold by John Overton [London circa 1675]

Catalogue of original pictures of several excellent masters, brought by Mr Closterman out of Italy (London 1702)

A curious collection of prints by the best masters... to be sold by David Mortier, bookseller in the Strand [London 1704]

A catalogue of extraordinary original pictures, by several of the most celebrated masters, late Mr Tho Pelleteir's [London 1713]

A collection of prints and drawings by the best masters in Europe, being the collection of Myn Heer Simonis, late of Brussels (London 1718)

A catalogue of a fine and large collection of prints and drawings belonging to Solomon Gautier, most part of them lately brought from abroad (London 1725)

A catalogue of a curious and new collection of drawings belonging to Solomon Gautier, lately arrived from abroad [London 1725]

Bibliotheca Martiniana: being a catalogue of the library of the learned Don Emmanuel Martin of Alicant, lately brought from Spain, with an appendix consisting of original pictures and books of pictures collected abroad by David Lyon (London 1729)

A catalogue of a capital collection of the original pictures and marble bassrelievoes [London 1730]

To be sold by auction after the books of the late Mr John Shipston, deceased, ...medals, coins and pictures (London 1731)

A catalogue of the entire and valuable collection of paintings, bronzes, busts in porphry and marble and other curiosities of Charles Earl of Halifax [London 1740]

A catalogue of the valuable collection of prints, medals and coins of Charles, Earl of Halifax (London 1740)

A catalogue of the most valuable collection of pictures, prints and drawings late of Charles Jarvis Esq; deceased [London 1740]

A catalogue of the valuable collection of prints and drawings, in architecture, history, battles, landskips, antiquities, &c late of Charles Jarvis Esq, deceased [London 1740]

A catalogue of the collection of the Right Honourable Edward Earl of Oxford deceased, consisting of several capital pictures (London 1742)

A catalogue of the valuable prints and books of prints of Mr Edwards jun of Kensington, deceased (London 1746)

A catalogue of the genuine collection of pictures of His Grace James Duke of Chandos, lately deceas'd (London 1747)

A catalogue of the genuine and entire collection of Italian and other drawings, prints, models and casts of the late eminent Mr Jonathan Richardson, painter (London 1747)

A catalogue of the genuine and entire collection of the late eminent Mr Jonathan Richardson (London 1747)

A catalogue of the genuine and curious collection of pictures of Humphry Edwin Esq, late of Saville Row, deceasd (London 1750)

A catalogue of the large and genuine collection of copper-plates of Mr Samuel Sympson, late of Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, print seller, deceased (London 1751)

A catalogue of the genuine and capital collection of pictures, by the most celebrated masters, of that late great and learned physician, Doctor Richard Mead (London 1754)

A catalogue of the genuine and curious collection of prints and drawings of that most excellent artist Mr John Smith, late of Russell Street, Covent Garden (London 1754)

A catalogue of pictures, consisting of portraits, landscapes, sea-pieces, architecture, flowers, fruits, animals, histories, of the late Richard Mead MD (London 1755)

A catalogue of the genuine, entire and curious collection of prints and drawings of the late Doctor Mead (London 1755)

A catalogue of the genuine and entire collection of valuable gems, bronzes, marble and other busts and antiquities of the late Dr Mead (London 1755)

A catalogue of the collection of prints, drawings and books of prints of George Vertue (London 1757)

A catalogue of the genuine and entire stock of copper-plate, prints and other effects in trade of Mr John King, late of the Poultry, deceased (London 1760)

A catalogue of the large and capital collection of prints and drawings of Jonathan Richardson Esq (London 1772)


Index of People

More than 200 names have been added to the index of people, comprising little-known artists and others who feature in the Witt Library's collections. The website now mentions whether the Witt Library holds material relating to artists included in the index of people.



29th July 2013

39,000 late 17th & early 18th century auction records have just been published, and are among significant new materials in the latest update, which deals with the art market, sculptors, book ownership, artistic links with the Netherlands, and website improvements. For a complete list of the new sources, click here.


The art market


39,000 auction records from 180 catalogues have been published, from:

In total 61,700 auction records are now on the site, which represent a significant resource for the study of artistic production and consumption in this period. The website also now lists 430 people who are known to have bought at auction in this period; 220 people who were involved in selling pictures by lottery, auction or as dealers or retailers; and 225 addresses where these sales took place.

The index of art sales has also been updated with 130 records covering the years 1700 to 1704. The frenetic years of 1690-4 - when more than 300 picture auctions took place in London - were followed by a period of massive contraction; only 50 art sales are recorded in the five years from 1695 to 1699. The 130 sales that took place during the five years after that - between 1700 and 1704 - mark the start of a period of long-term growth and stability in the art market that continued into the 1730s, by which point London was well established as a major centre of the international art trade. The early 1700s also saw a changing of the guard within the picture trade. Most of the leading figures of the 1690s either died or retired: Edward Millington, John Bullord, Parry Walton, Edward Davis, John Cock, and William Gibson. New salesmen emerged to replace them, including John Lesage, Leonard Knyff, James Ward, Henry Turner and John Closterman. The studio sales of marketable painters Peter Roestraten and Jan Wyck the collections of Thomas Austen (1703) and of Philip 3rd Earl of Leicester (1701), and of the dealer/collectors Henry Cooke, John Cock and William Gibson brought works of quality back onto the market.


A checklist of Sculptors


A list of over 600 sculptors, carvers and related trades has been published, with links to the online edition of the great Biographical Dictionary of Sculptors in Britain 1660-1851, from which this information has come. Many thanks to Greg Sullivan and Ann Sproat for sharing their data.


What books did the painters of early modern Britain read?


If we study the books that painters and others read, we can enter their intellectual world, discover the skills they sought to master and learn about their broader interests and concerns. Sources have been published here which provide materials to address this essential question:

  • A listing of 320 book subscriptions, across architecture, poetry, history, languages, gardening, theology, natural history and travel. Which two dozen titles did Sir James Thornhill order? Which architectural treatise was popular with early 18th century decorative painters? Which dictionary did painters rely on for help with foreign languages? How did they get their clients' titles and honours right?
  • Occasionally we can reconstruct an individual painter's library through a sale catalogue. Published now are the libraries of two prominent painter-dealers, Henry Cooke (1700-1) and Johann Closterman (1706).

Several landmark book collections were formed in the early 18th century by, among others, the Earls of Oxford and Pembroke. A useful introduction to this subject, which describes 20 of the main book collectors in this period, is provided through the publication here of Seymour de Ricci's lectures on English Collectors of Books and Manuscripts


The art world in Britain, in the Netherlands


Brief notices about painters in England, which appeared in the Dutch press, are published. These were were recycled from the London press and show that people in the Netherlands were kept aware of the London art world from time to time. The extracts also include a few Dutch newspaper advertisements for both London and continental book and picture sales, which can help us to understand the networks of distribution that enabled sale catalogues to circulate across borders.

We know that hundreds of Dutch painters came to work in London in the 17th century, but we know hardly anything beyond that. Two documents now published offer detailed information about the circumstances of these migrations. One dates from 1671, and the other from 1687; a third, from 1714, is already online.


Website improvements


Two small changes aim to improve users' ability to access the data on the site:

  • The 'Places' search menu now allows users to select categories, such as painters' houses, sites of decorative painting, coffee houses, and so on.
  • The addition of a small book icon beside full-text sources on the site aims to make them more easy to distinguish from briefer 'bibliographic' sources (which provide only brief bibliographic information).

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The full list of new sources

Here follows the complete list of full-text sources added to the site, grouped by source category and then alphabetically:


Correspondence


Letter from Sir John Meres, 11 July 1722, University of Nottingham Library PI E8/6/22

Letter from Sir John Meres, 16 July 1722, University of Nottingham Library PI E8/6/24

Letter from Sir John Meres, 28 June 1722, University of Nottingham Library PI E8/6/19


Sale Catalogues


'And. Hay's Sale of Pictures 1738'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.270, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'And. Hay's Sale of Pictures 1739'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.175, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Lady Stamford's Sale of Pictures. 1722. in part'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 2, p.6, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Ld. Cadogan's Sale of Pictures. 1726/7.'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.337, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Ld. Halifax's Sale of Pictures 1739/40'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.34, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Ld. Ranelagh's Sale of Pictures. 1731.'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.508, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Motteux's Sale of Pictures 1714'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 2, p.42, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Motteux's Sale of Pictures', circa 1714-17; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 2, p.36, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Mr. de Bary's sale of Pictures' [circa 1726?-40?]; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.366, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Mr. De Voss's sale of Pictures. 1727.'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.496, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Mr. Jett's Sale of Pictures. 1730/1.'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.516, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Mr. John Verelst's Sale of Pictures 1717/18'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 2, p.22, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Mr. Norton's Sale of Pictures. 1739'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.85, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Mr.And: Hays sale of Pictures 1725/6'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.18, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Mr.Dobson's sale of Pictures. 1726.'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.504, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Mr.Griffier's Sale of Pictures' [circa 1719-29]; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 2, p.27, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Mr.Paris's Sale of Pictures 1738.'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.183, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Paris's Sale of Pictures 1738/9'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.193, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Sale att Cock's, of the Palavicini Pictures &c. 1729/30'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.514, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Sale of Pictures att Cock's. Consign'd from Spain. 1731.'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.494, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Sale of Pictures att the Golden Balls Bow Street Covent Garden. 1714.'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 2, p.39, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Sale of Pictures att the Green Door in the little Piazza Covent Garden.', circa 1713-31; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.542, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Sale of Pictures att the Green Door in the little Piazza, Covent Garden.', circa 1713-31; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.549, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Sale of Pictures att the Three Chairs Little Piazza Covent Garden. 1712/13'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 2, p.44, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Sale of Pictures att the Three Chairs, Little Piazza. Covent Garden. 1717.'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 2, p.19, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Sale of Pictures att the Three Chairs, Little Piazza. Covent Garden. 1719'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 2, p.25, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Sale of Pictures att ye. Three Chairs Little Piazza. Covent Garden. 1715'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 2, p.12, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Sale of Pictures. att Cap. Broomes.' [circa 1720-33]; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.482, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Sale of Pictures. Consign'd to Sr. Willm. Chapman.' [circa 1720-37]; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.533, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Sergeant Streeter's sale of Pictures. 1711.'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.483, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

'Sr And. Fountains Sale of Pictures 1731/2'; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.39, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

‘Bastiano Liggi's Sale of Pictures’ [1738]; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.535, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

‘Messrs. Wilkins & Dubary's Sale of Pictures ‘ [circa 1726?-40?]; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.489, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

‘Mr.Beauvais's Sale of Pictures 1738/9’; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.384, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

‘Mr.Gouge's Sale of Pictures. ‘ [circa 1714-35]; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.298, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

‘Mr.Paris's Sale of Pictures. with part of Sr J.Jeckyll's. 1740’; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.93, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

‘Mr.Warner's Sale of Pictures &c.’ [1723?]; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 2, p.7, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.19

‘Paris's Sale of Pictures 1740’; transcribed in Houlditch Manuscript vol 1, p.246, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

A catalogue of a curious collection of original paintings, being the collection of Mr Jeremiah Tuckley, painter [London 1712]

A catalogue of an extraordinary collection of pictures, the capital ones lately belonging to the Lord Stranford, deceas'd [London 1708]

A catalogue of books of painting, sculpture, architecture and other curious subjects, to be sold at Mr Closterman's house (London 1705)

A catalogue of choice prints and drawings by the best masters, ancient and modern [London 1691]

A catalogue of extraordinary original pictures, by several of the most celebrated masters (London 1713)

A catalogue of extraordinary original pictures, lately brought from Italy, France, and Flanders (London 1713)

A catalogue of goods to be exchanged or sold, or work to be done of one trade for another (London 1695)

A catalogue of Italian, French, and other prints which will be sold by auction at Temple Change Coffee House (London 1703)

A catalogue of Mons Beauvais's collection of antique marble and brass figures, bustos, models, bass-relievos... &c by him collected at Rome, Florence, Naples and other parts of Italy [London 1739]

A catalogue of original paintings by several eminent masters (London 1709)

A catalogue of paintings done by several eminent hands (London 1708)

A catalogue of pictures, being the principal and most valuable of the late Sergeant Streeter's collection [London 1711]

A catalogue of pictures, the collection of Mr John Norris, deceas'd (London 1707)

A catalogue of several pictures by the best masters, being an addition to Mr de Ryck's large collection of royal, Italian, ancient and modern pictures [London 1690]

A catalogue of Signor Sterbini's curious collection lately brought from Rome [London 1733]

A catalogue of the houshold goods belonging to His Grace Charles late Duke of Richmond and Lenox which were in his house called Cobham Hall, near Gravesend in Kent [London 1703]

A catalogue of the intire collection belonging to Sir James Thornhill (London 1735); in Burlington Magazine, vol 82 no.483 (June 1943), pp.133-7

A catalogue of the library of Mr Henry Cook, painter, deceased [London 1700]

A catalogue of the pictures of Doctor Babault (London 1706)

A catalogue of the remaining part of a curious collection of pictures, lately brought from beyond sea (London 1711)

A choice collection of valuable paintings, most of which are originals, by the best ancient and modern masters [London 1691]

A choice collection of valuable paintings, most of which are originals, by the best ancient and modern masters [London 1691]

A collection of curious original paintings and other fine copies designed by the best masters [London 1690]

A collection of curious original paintings continues to be sold by auction, at Mr Knyff's house in the Old Palace Yard (London 1707)

A collection of curious paintings, most of which are originals, by the best ancient and modern masters [London 1691]

A collection of curious paintings, most of which are originals, by the best ancient and modern masters [London 1691]

A collection of curious pictures, viz paintings and limnings by the best masters [London 1690]

A collection of curious pictures, viz paintings and limnings by the best masters [London 1690]

A collection of curious pictures, viz paintings and limnings by the best masters [London 1690]

A collection of curious pictures, viz paintings and limnings by the best masters [London 1690]

A collection of curious pictures, viz paintings and limnings by the best masters [London 1690]

A collection of curious pictures, viz paintings and limnings by the best masters [London 1690]

A collection of curious pictures, viz paintings and limnings by the best masters [London 1690]

A collection of curious pictures, viz paintings and limnings by the best masters [London 1690]

A collection of curious pictures, viz paintings and limnings by the best masters [London 1690]

A collection of curious pictures, viz paintings and limnings by the best masters [London 1690]

A collection of curious pictures, viz paintings and limnings by the best masters [London 1690]

A collection of curious pictures, viz paintings and limnings by the best masters [London 1691]

A collection of curious prints, paintings and limnings by the best masters [London? 1689]

A collection of Italian and other pictures, fit for halls, staircases, chimneys and closets, lately brought over [London 1711]

A collection of original paintings, fit for staircases, chimneys, doors or closets will be sold at the late dwelling house of Sir Godfrey Kneller in the piazza of Covent Garden [London 1704]

A collection of original pictures will be sold by auction at the Twisted Posts in Great Queen Street, collected in Italy, France, Spain, Flanders &c by the late ingenious Mr Harris [London 1707]

A collection of paintings [London 1690]

A collection of paintings and limnings by the best masters [London 1689]

A collection of paintings and limnings by the best masters [London 1689]

A collection of paintings and limnings by the best masters [London 1690]

A collection of paintings and limnings by the best masters [London 1690]

A collection of paintings by the best masters [London 1689]

A collection of paintings by the best masters [London 1689]

A collection of paintings by the best masters [London 1690]

A collection of paintings by the best masters [London 1690]

A collection of paintings by the best masters, sold 25 September 1689

A collection of paintings, amongst them several originals of the best masters [London 1690]

A collection of paintings, and several other curiosities, by the best mastesr [London 1690]

A collection of paintings, drawings and prints by the best masters, with several volumes of Mr Ogilby's atlas [London 1689]

A collection of paintings, many of them originals, of the best masters of Europe [London 1690]

A collection of pictures with several fine prints by the greatest masters [London 1690]

A collection of prints and paintings by the best masters, with several volumes of Ogilby's atlas [London 1689]

A collection of prints and paintings by the best masters, with several volumes of Ogilby's atlas [London 1689]

A collection of prints and paintings by the best masters, with several volumes of Ogilby's atlas [London 1689]

A continuation of the auction of paintings at the Marine Coffee House in Birchin Lane [London 1690]

A continuation of the curious collection of paintings &c by the best masters [London 1692]

A continuation of the curious collection of paintings and other curiosities [London 1691]

A curious collection of one hundred and odd paintings [London 1690]

A curious collection of original paintings and other fine copies by the best masters of Europe [London 1690]

A curious collection of original paintings and other fine copies by the best masters of Europe [London? 1690]

A curious collection of original paintings by the best ancient and modern masters [London 1691]

A curious collection of original paintings by the best ancient and modern masters [London 1691]

A curious collection of painting of the most famous ancient and modern masters in Europe [London 1690]

A curious collection of paintings and drawings by the best masters, with several books of prints [London 1689]

A curious collection of paintings and other curiosities [London 1691]

A curious collection of paintings being most originals [London 1691]

A curious collection of paintings by the best ancient and modern masters [London 1691]

A curious collection of paintings by the best masters ancient and modern [London 1692]

A curious collection of paintings by the best masters ancient and modern [London 1692]

A curious collection of paintings by the best masters, ancient and modern [London 1692]

A curious collection of paintings of several rare masters [London 1690]

A curious collection of paintings of the most eminent ancient and modern masters [London 1691]

A curious collection of paintings of the most famous ancient and modern masters [London 1691]

A curious collection of paintings, and several other curiosities, by the best masters [London 1691]

A curious collection of paintings, being most originals, by the best masters both ancient and modern [London 1691]

A curious collection of paintings, being mostly originals by the best ancient and modern masters [London 1691]

A curious collection of paintings, drawings and prints by the best masters [London 1689]

A curious collection of paintings, drawings and prints by the best masters [London 1689]

A curious collection of paintings, most whereof are originals by the best ancient and modern masters [London 1691]

A curious collection of paintings, most whereof are originals by the best masters, and the rest very fine copies [London 1690]

A curious collection of prints and drawings by the best engravers and greatest masters in the world [London 1690]

A curious collection of three hundred and odd paintings [London 1690]

A curious collection of three hundred and odd paintings [London 1690]

A curious collection of three hundred and odd paintings [London 1690]

A further continuation of the curious collection of paintings, containing five hunderd pieces by the best ancient and modern masters [London 1690]

A second sale of curious paintings, far beyond the last, they being most originals by the best masters [London 1690]

A small parcel of very scarce books in all languages, ancient mss and ancient prints (London 1714)

An appendix to the auction of paintings, with other curiosities [London 1691]

An auction of paintings, most of them being from the collections of Prince Ludovico and General Doushfield, lately brought over [London 169w]

An extraordinary collection of original pictures [London 1691]

An extraordinary collection of paintings, and several other curiosities, by the best masters [London 1691]

An extraordinary collection of pictures [London 1691]

An extraordinary collection of pictures and other curiosities [London 1691]

An extraordinary collection of pictures and other curiosities [London 1691]

An extraordinary collection of pictures and other incomparable curiosities and artificial rarities [London 1692]

An extraordinary collection of pictures and other incomparable curiosities and artificial rarities [London 1692]

An extraordinary collection of pictures will be continued to be sold by auction at Batson's Coffee House [London 1691]

An extraordinary collection of pictures will be continued to be sold by auction at Batson's Coffee House [London 1691]

An extraordinary collection of pictures, and other incomparable curiosities and artificial rarities [London 1691]

An extraordinary valuable collection of pictures to be seen, and sold out of hand, every day at Mr Knife's House [London circa 1695-1707?]

An incomparable collection of original paintings, and others, by the best masters both ancient and modern [London 1691]

At the Bell Tavern in King Street Westminster will be exposed to sale a curious collection of paintings, being most originals by the best masters of Europe [London 1691]

At the Canary House near Exeter Exchange will be exposed to sale a curious collection of paintings, being about three hundred in number, most of them originals by the best masters of Europe [London 1691]

At the Canary House near Exeter Exchange will be exposed to sale a curious collection of paintings, being most of them the furniture of JD's house, lately deceased [London 1691]

At the Canary House near Exeter Exchange will be exposed to sale several Original Paintings and other fine copies by the best masters of Europe [London 1691]

At the First House on the Left-Hand in Cecil Street in the Strand, will be exposed to sale by auction all the goods in this inventory mentioned (London 1703)

At the Kings Arms Tavern will be exposed to sale several original paintings and other fine copies by the best masters of Europe [London 1691]

At the Kings Arms Tavern will be exposed to sale several original paintings, and other fine copies, by the best masters of Europe [London 1690]

At the Kings Arms Tavern will be exposed to sale several original paintings, and other fine copies, formerly belonging to a person of quality [London 1690]

At the Kings Arms tavern will be sold a curious collection of original paintings and other fine copies by the best masters in Europe [London 1690]

At the New Auction House in Drury Lane will be sold a curious collection of paintings by the best masters [London 1691]

At the new auction house in Drury Lane will be sold a curious collection of paintings by the best masters [London 1691]

At the Outroper's Office in the Royal Exchange will be continued the sale of pictures, cabinets, screens, tapestry hanings, indian gowns and other curiosities, together with an addition of extraordinary paintings [London 1692]

At the Two White Posts at Charing Cross will be exposed to sale a curious collection of original paintings and other excellent copies of the best masters [London 1691]

At the Vendue in Charles Street Covent Garden the great collection of paintings will continue to be exposed by auction [London 1692]

At the west end of Exeter Exchange above stairs will be exposed to sale a curious collection of original paintings [London 1691]

At the west end of Exeter Exchange above stairs will be exposed to sale a curious collection of original paintings and other fine copies by the best masters of Europe [London 1691]

At the west end of Exeter Exchange above stairs will be exposed to sale a curious collection of original paintings and other fine copies by the best masters of Europe [London 1691]

At the west end of Exeter Exchange above stairs will be exposed to sale a curious collection of original paintings and other fine copies, by the best masters of Europe [London 1692]

At the west end of Exeter Exchange above stairs will be exposed to sale a curious collection of original paintings and other fine copies, by the best masters of Europe [London 1692]

At the west end of Exeter Exchange above stairs will be exposed to sale a curious collection of original paintings and other fine copies, by the best masters of Europe [London 1692]

At the west end of Exeter Exchange above stairs will be sold a curious collection of pictures, being about three hundred in number [London 1691]

Auctio Millingtoniana Pictuarum Omnigenarium [London 1691]

Catalogus librorum instructissimae bibliothecae doctissimi cujusdam equitis in plurimis linguis et facultatibus insignium [London 1689]

Catalogus librorum instructissimae bibliothecae in quae lingua et facultate insignium [London 1688]

Catalogus librorum instructissimae bibliothecae in quavis lingua et facultate insignium [London 1689]

Mr de Ryck's famous collection of paintings by the best masters [London 1690]

Mr de Ryck's large collection of original royal, Italian, ancient and modern pictures by the greatest masters [London 1690]

Pinacotheca archetiparum imaginum: a collection of excellent prints and drawings [London 1688]

Pinacotheca Maitlandiana: Or, a catalogue of the Lord Maitland's prints and drawings by the most eminent masters of Europe [London 1690]

Proposals for a sale of pictures and drawings, &c (London 1699)

Sr James Thornhill's Sale of Pictures. 1734/5', National Art Library, Houlditch Mss, vol 1, p.12, mid 18th cent, National Art Library, pressmark 86.00.18

The collection of original paintings next Bedford Gate in Charles Street, Covent Garden (1694)

The great sale of original paintings [London 1691]

To be sold this day, at Powell's Coffee House near Strand Bridge, several maps and prints neatly fram'd in pear tree [London circa 1707?]

Unidentified sale catalogue [London circa 1693-1716]

Variety of rich goods to be sold by auction, at the house of Mr William Towerson [London 1698]


Wills


Will of Thomas Wright, 29 August 1732, National Archives PROB 11/942


Trade Organisation, Training and Employment


Contract between Bernard Duerwaerders and Peter Maile, 11/22 May 1671, FelixArchief Antwerp N 4639 f (21); transcribed by Sandra Van Ginhoven and translated by Sander Karst, 2012-13

Contract between Prosper Henry Lanckrinck, Judocus Van Beveren and Joannes Augustinuis van Reden, 2/12 September 1687, FelixArchief Antwerp N 4332 f (7); transcribed by Sandra Van Ginhoven and translated by Sander Karst, 2012-13


Newspapers


's Gravenhaegse Courant, 10/20 July 1735

's Gravenhaegse Courant, 21 September/1 October 1736

's Gravenhaegse Courant, 23 June/3 July 1711

's Gravenhaegse Courant, 29 March/8 April 1711

's Gravenhaegse Courant, 6/16 February 1724

's Gravenhaegse Courant,17/ 27 March 1733

Amsterdam Courant, 1/11 October 1674

Amsterdamse Courant, 14/24 January 1705

Amsterdamse Courant, 15/25 April 1702

Amsterdamse Courant, 18/28 June 1729

Amsterdamse Courant, 21/31 October 1730

Amsterdamse courant, 27 November/7 December 1730

Amsterdamse Courant, 6/16 November 1723

Amsterdamse Courant, 6/16 September 1728

British Journal, 22 September 1722

Daily Advertiser, 19 February 1743

Daily Advertiser, 27 December 1743

Daily Advertiser, 28 March 1747

Daily Courant, 27 February 1731

Daily Journal, 6 November 1723

Daily Post, 12 February 1723

Daily Post, 2 February 1733

Daily Post, 8 April 1731

Freeholder's Journal, 14 November 1722

Gazette de Rotterdam, 23 July/2 August 1706

Leydse Courant, 16/26 August 1733

Leydse Courant, 21 September/1 October 1736

Leydse Courant, 4/14 December 1731

Leydse Courant, 9/19 June 1724

London Daily Post, 28 February 1738

London Gazette, 29 May 1731

Nouvelles extraordinaires de divers endroits, 11/21 August 1696

Nouvelles extraordinaires de divers endroits, 5/15 September 1705

Oprechte Haerlemsche Courant, 13/23 November 1723

Oprechte Haerlemsche Courant, 17/27 November 1723

Oprechte Haerlemsche Courant, 20/30 June 1718

Oprechte Haerlemsche Courant, 23 February/5 March 1705

Oprechte Haerlemsche Courant, 23 October/2 November 1736

Oprechte Haerlesche Courant, 16/26 January 1730

Opregte Leydse Courant, 10/20 March 1702

Opregte Leydse Courant, 4/14 September 1705

Public Advertiser, 23 April 1759


Secondary Sources


Seymour de Ricci, English Collectors of Books and Manuscripts 1539-1930 (Cambridge University Press 1930)


Trade Cards and Handbills


A catalogue of prints sold by Arthur Tooker, stationer at the Globe opposite Salisbury House in the Strand [London, 1670?]

Advertisement for the sale of the prints and drawings of John Oliver, extracted from a 1693 sale catalogue [London 1693]

Handbill advertising a print of a naval victory over the French [London circa 1692]

Handbill advertising a sale of paintings at Crown Court near Watling Street [London, 1704]

Handbill advertising a sale of paintings at Crown Court, near Watling Street [London 1703]

Handbill advertising a sale of paintings at Crown Court, near Watling Street [London 1703]

Handbill advertising a sale of paintings at Exeter Exchange [London, 1679]

Handbill advertising a sale of paintings at the King's Arms Tavern in the Strand [London 1682]

Handbill advertising a sale of paintings at the Temple Change Coffee House [London, 1703?]

Handbill advertising a sale of pictures at Exeter Exchange [London, 1694]

Handbill advertising a sale of pictures at Richard's Coffee House near Temple Bar [London, 1687]

Handbill advertising a sale of pictures at the Maypole Coffee House [London 1698]

Handbill advertising a sale of pictures of Herman Verelst [London 1702]

Handbill advertising a sale of prints and drawings at Temple Change Coffee House [London, 1704?]

Handbill advertising a sale of prints and drawings at the Bear in Ave Maria Lane (London 1688)

Handbill advertising a sale of prints and drawings at the Temple Change Coffee House [London 1701]

Handbill advertising a sale of prints and drawings of the late Monsieur Michelin, painter [London 1699]

Handbill advertising a sale of prints by William Wilson at the Harrow in the Poultry [London 1697]

Handbill advertising a sale of the collection of Alexander Browne [London 1706]

Handbill advertising a sale of the collection of Isaac Row [London 1693]

Handbill advertising a sale of the collection of prints and drawings of John Cock [London 1701]

Handbill advertising the book 'Academia Italica' [London, 1666]

Handbill advertising the exhibition of a moving picture at West Smithfield [London, not before 1714]

Handbill advertising the publication of a plan of the battle of Ramillies [London 1706]

Handbill advertising the sale of collection of Jan Wyck [London 1702]

Handbill advertising the sale of drawings of Sir Peter Lely [London 1688]

Handbill advertising the sale of paintings, prints, medals and books at Temple Change Coffee House [London circa 1702]

Handbill advertising the sale of paintings, prints, medals and books at Temple Change Coffee House [London circa 1702]

Handbill advertising the stock of prints of David Mortier, bookseller [London, 1706]

Handbill advising a change of arrangement in a sale of pictures at Sir Godfrey Kneller's former house in the Piazza, Covent Garden [London, 1704]

Proposal of Marshall Smith of Covent Garden for a sale of paintings, japan work and other curiosities [London 1694]

Proposals by Jeremiah Tavernir for painting several pictures by the life (London circa 1690-1700?)

Proposals for engraving a prospect of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea (London 1695)

Proposals for printing a map of Tangier (London 1681)

Proposals of a raffle for 120 pictures in crayoons, all drawn by E Luttrell (London 1710)

Proposals of Mr William Seeks, painter, at the Sun, next door to the Bell Savage, on Ludgate Hill [London, circa 1694]

The art of drawing taught by Samuel Moore, gent [London, circa 1706-10]

Trade card of George Minnikin, stationer of St Martin le Grand [London, late 17th century]

Trade card of John King, map seller and stationer [London, circa 1700?]

Trade card of John Savage, engraver of St Paul's church yard [London, circa 1688-98]

Trade card of John Whitwood [London circa 1700-16?]

Trade card of Philip Lea, globe and map seller of Cheapside and Westminster Hall [London, circa 1689-95]

Trade card of William Pennock, engraver and picture seller of Pannier Alley, Paternoster Row [London, 1710]

Trade card of William Steward, painter of Fleet Lane [London, circa 1713?-22?]


History and Biography


An elegy upon the lamented death of Edward Millington, the famous auctioneer (London 1703)

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A large group of financial papers and important sources from the 1670s are published today, among many varied documents from across the period. For the complete list, see below the following summary:

125 bills, accounts and receipts, including:

38 letters, including

Diaries

Court Papers

  • A lawsuit of 1670 concerning a dispute between Isaac Fuller and Thomas Killigrew, the theatre manager, over payments for scene painting at Drury Lane.

9 sale catalogues, including

Inventories


Here is the complete list, grouped by source category and then by date:


Bills, Accounts and Receipts

Note of payment by 5th Earl of Bedford to Robert Streeter, July 1660, Woburn Abbey Archives; cited in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), p.300

Bill of Abraham Staphorst, February 1661, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), p.292

Receipt of Symon Stone, December 1661, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), p.290

Bill of Richard Tomson, 7 July 1663, Hatfield House Archives, Hatfield Family Papers (C.F. and E.P's Bills 175 file); in Auerbach and Adams, Paintings & Sculpture at Hatfield House (1971), p.232

Accounts of the 5th Earl of Bedford, 1665, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), p.300

Accounts of 2nd Earl of Salisbury, 1666, Hatfield House Archives, Family Papers, Accounts 130/7; in Auerbach and Adams, Paintings & Sculpture at Hatfield House (1971), pp.262-3

Receipt of Sir Peter Lely, August 1667, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), p.293

'Cash Booke' of Sir Stephen Fox, 1668-71, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 272; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', in Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.525 appendix 1

Bill and receipt of David Scougall, 10 March and 1 August 1668, National Library of Scotland Ms 14636, f.55

Accounts of 1st Duke of Rutland (Lord Roos), 9 February 1667 to 29 June (?)1669, Belvoir Castle Archives; in Manuscripts of the Duke of Rutland (HMC 1905), vol 4, p.546

Accounts of 1st Duke of Rutland (Lord Roos), December 1669 to 25 March 1672, Belvoir Castle Archives; in Manuscripts of the Duke of Rutland (HMC 1905), vol 4, p.548

Bill of Jacob Huysmans, 14 March 1670, National Library of Scotland Ms 14648, f.1

Accounts of Elizabeth, Countess of Northumberland, 1671, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland Mss, U.I.; transcribed Millar, 'Notes on British painting from archives: III', Burlington Magazine, vol 97 no.629 (August 1955), p.256

Bill of Charles Blalson[?], 3 January 1671-1672, National Library of Scotland Ms 14637 f.179

Payments of Master John Stead, 1671, Worshipful Company of Founders Archive, Guildhall Library; in Parsloe, Wardens' Accounts of the Worshipful Company of Founders (1964), p.379 item 353

Payments of Treasurer George Dixon, 1671/2, Worshipful Company of Founders Archive, Guildhall Library; in Parsloe, Wardens' Accounts of the Worshipful Company of Founders (1964), p.385 item 364

Receipt of Sir Peter Lely, February 1671, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), p.293

Accounts of Elizabeth, Countess of Northumberland, 1672, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland Mss, U.I.; transcribed Millar, 'Notes on British painting from archives: III', Burlington Magazine, vol 97 no.629 (August 1955), p.256

Bill and receipt of Henry Norris, 17 March 1672, National Library of Scotland Ms 14629, f.16

Household accounts of Sir Stephen Fox, 1672, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 210; cited in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.518 n.5

Note of payment by Sir Stephen Fox to "Mr Assenbourgh", September 1672, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 210; cited in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.522 n.19

Receipt of Henry Collier, 17 January 1672, British Library Add Mss 21950, f.360; transcribed in Paul Mellon Centre, Oliver Millar Archive, box 24

Accounts of 3rd Earl of Salisbury, 1673, Hatfield House Archives, Family Papers, Accounts 131/3; in Auerbach and Adams, Paintings & Sculpture at Hatfield House (1971), p.212

Bill and receipt of Gilbert Soest, 17 March 1673, National Library of Scotland Ms 14648, f.2

Bill of Henry Collier, 20 June 1673; in HMC, Report on the Manuscripts of the late Reginald Rawdon Hastings (London 1928), vol 1, p.404

Household accounts of Sir Stephen Fox, 1673, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 210; cited in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.521 n.13

Note of payment by Sir Stephen Fox to "Mr Assenbourgh", December 1673, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 210; cited in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.522 n.19

Receipt of John Michael Wright, 22 April 1673; in Manuscripts of the late Reginald Rawdon Hastings (HMC 1928), vol 1, p.403

Accounts of Sir Stephen Fox, 1674-7, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 210; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', in Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.525 appendix 2

Accounts of the Earl of Huntingdon, 1673-4; in Manuscripts of the late Reginald Rawdon Hastings (HMC 1928), vol 1, p.404

Account books of Sir Harbottle Grimston, 1675-1700; in Manuscripts of the Earl of Verulam (HMC 1906)

Accounts of 1st Duke of Rutland (Lord Roos), 10 October 1674 to 8 October 1675, Belvoir Castle Archives; in Manuscripts of the Duke of Rutland (HMC 1905), vol 4 p.551

Accounts of 1st Duke of Rutland (Lord Roos), October 1675 to October 1676, Belvoir Castle Archives; in Manuscripts of the Duke of Rutland (HMC 1905), vol 4, pp.551-2

Accounts of 5th Earl of Bedford, 1675, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), p.294

Bill of John Norris, 30 August 1675; in Manuscripts of the late Reginald Rawdon Hastings (HMC 1928), vol 1, p.405

Accounts of 5th Earl of Bedford, 1676, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), p.295

Accounts of 5th Earl of Bedford, 1676, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), p.301

Receipt of Sir Peter Lely, May 1676, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), p.295

Receipt of Thomas Kerr, July 1676, National Library of Scotland Ms 14637 f.180

Accounts of Elizabeth, Countess of Northumberland, 1678, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland Mss, U.I.; transcribed Millar, 'Notes on British painting from archives: III', Burlington Magazine, vol 97 no.629 (August 1955), p.256

Accounts of 5th Earl of Bedford, 1679, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), pp.297-8

Accounts of Elizabeth, Countess of Northumberland, 1679, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland Mss, U.I.; transcribed Millar, 'Notes on British painting from archives: III', Burlington Magazine, vol 97 no.629 (August 1955), p.256

Accounts of Elizabeth, Countess of Northumberland, 1680-1, Alnwick Castle, Northumberland Mss, U.I.; transcribed Millar, 'Notes on British painting from archives: III', Burlington Magazine, vol 97 no.629 (August 1955), p.256

Bill of an unnamed picture seller, 1680s or 90s, National Library of Scotland Ms 14632, f.224

Household accounts of Sir Stephen Fox, 1673, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 213; cited in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.521 n.14

Accounts of 3rd Earl of Salisbury, 1681, Hatfield House Archives, Estate Papers Accounts 131/8; in Auerbach and Adams, Paintings & Sculpture at Hatfield House (1971), p.171

Bill of Patrick Alexander, 10 March 1681, National Library of Scotland Ms 14636, f.56

Payments of Renter Warden Richard Meakins, 1681, Worshipful Company of Founders Archive, Guildhall Library; in Parsloe, Wardens' Accounts of the Worshipful Company of Founders (1964), p.407 item 419

Receipt of Sir Godfrey Kneller, circa 1681-1710?, Hatfield House Archives, Box T/105; in Stone and Waterhouse, 'Notes from British Paintings in Archives:I', Burlington Magazine, vol.96 no.619 (October 1954), p.323

Accounts of 5th Earl of Bedford, 1682, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), pp.208-9

Receipt of Sir Godfrey Kneller, 15 July 1682, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), pp.295-6

'Expenses of Building the Mansion House at Chiswick in 1684',1683-5, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 162; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', in Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.525 appendix 3

Receipt of James dewitt, 12 July 1683, National Library of Scotland Ms 14636, f.57

Bill and receipt of Henry Paert, 13 December 1684 and 26 October 1685, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 238(b); transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', in Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.526 appendix 6

Bill of Grinling Gibbons, 1684, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 238(a) 35; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', in Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), pp.525-6 appendix 4

Accounts of the 4th Earl of Salisbury, 1685, Hatfield House Archive, Accounts 164/10; in Stone and Waterhouse, 'Notes from British Paintings in Archives:I', Burlington Magazine, vol.96 no.619 (October 1954), p.323

Bill and Receipt of Sir Godfrey Kneller, 20 October 1686, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), p.297

Receipt of Sir Godfrey Kneller, June 1686, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), p.296

Receipt of Sir Godfrey Kneller, June 1686, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), p.296

Accounts of 4th Earl of Salisbury, 1687, Hatfield House Archives, Estate Papers Accounts 138/5; in Auerbach and Adams, Paintings & Sculpture at Hatfield House (1971), p.174

Bill of Thomas Warrender, July 1688 and 26 June 1689, National Library of Scotland Ms 14637, f.181

Accounts of 1st Duke of Rutland (Lord Roos): Roger Herbert's account 16 January to 29 May 1689, Belvoir Castle Archives; in Manuscripts of the Duke of Rutland (HMC 1905), vol 4, pp.555

London accounts of the 1st Marquis of Tweeddale, October 1689, National Library of Scotland Ms 14630, f.40

Receipt of Francis Barlow, 7 May 1689, National Library of Scotland Ms 14630, f.177

Bill and receipt of John Smith, 19 November 1690, National Library of Scotland Ms 14631, f.69

Bill and receipt of Laud Doyley, 18 and 21 March 1690, National Library of Scotland Ms 14630, f.181

Receipt of Henry Paert, 10 January 1690; in Manuscripts of the late Reginald Rawdon Hastings (HMC 1928), vol 1, p.411

Receipt of John Smith, 25 November 1690, National Library of Scotland Ms 14631, f.70

Receipt of Laud Doyley, 10 March 1690, National Library of Scotland Ms 14630, f.180

Receipt of Laud Doyley, 27 January 1690, National Library of Wales, Penpont Papers no.1576; in Walter T Morgan, Schedule of Penpont Papers (Nat Lib Wales, 1975)

Receipt of Lewis Hauduroy, 15 March 1690, National Library of Scotland Ms 14630, f.179

Receipt of Lewis Hauduroy, 4 March 1690, National Library of Scotland Ms 14630, f.178

Accounts of 5th Earl of Bedford, 1691, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), p.298

Bill and receipt of John Norris, 23 October and 17 December 1691, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 235(b) 96; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.527 appendix 15

Receipt of John Norris on behalf of John Riley, 7 October 1691, Dorset History Centre D/FSI, box 238(a) 12; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', in Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.526 appendix 5

Bill of Henry Frazer, 18 November 1692, National Library of Scotland Ms 14637, f.182

Bill of Parry Walton, November 1692, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), pp.298-9

Receipt of Robert Williams, 1 November 1692; in Manuscripts of the late Reginald Rawdon Hastings (HMC 1928), vol 1, p.412

Accounts of 5th Earl of Bedford, 1693, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), pp.208-9

Bill of John Pincke, May 1693, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), pp.208-9

Note of a debt owed by John Fox to "Mr Dixon", 1693, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 235(b); cited in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.522 n.19

Receipt of Sir Godfrey Kneller, January 1693, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), p.296

Receipt of Sir Godfrey Kneller, 26 July 1694, Hatfield House Archives, Hatfield Accounts, box U80; in Auerbach and Adams, Paintings & Sculpture at Hatfield House (1971), p.214

Receipt of Sir Godfrey Kneller, December 1694, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), p.296

Receipt of Sir Godfrey Kneller, 16 November 1695, Hatfield House Archives Box U/76; in Stone and Waterhouse, 'Notes from British Paintings in Archives:I', Burlington Magazine, vol.96 no.619 (October 1954), p.323

Accounts of Mrs Howland, 1696, Woburn Abbey Archives; in Thomson, Life in a noble household 1641-1700 (1937), p.297

Note of a debt owed by John Fox to "Mr Clarke", 1697, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 238(b) 33; cited in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.522 n.19

Receipt of Nicholas Heude, 15 May 1697, National Library of Scotland Ms 14642 f.168

Receipt of Nicholas Heude, 7 April 1697, National Library of Scotland Ms 14642, f.166

Receipt of Godfrey Kneller, 4 November 1698, National Library of Scotland Ms 14629, f.24

Accounts of 5th Earl of Salisbury, 1699, Hatfield House Archives, Family Papers, Accounts 75/7; in Auerbach and Adams, Paintings & Sculpture at Hatfield House (1971), p.220

Costs of monument to Lady Fox, and receipt of John Goodfellow, 1 January 1699, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 235(b) 96; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.528 appendix 19

Receipt of Sir Godfrey Kneller, 15 December 1699, Hatfield House Archives, Family Papers, Bills 391; in Auerbach and Adams, Paintings & Sculpture at Hatfield House (1971), p.177

Bill and receipt of John Norris, 25 March and 28 September 1700, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 238(a) 13; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.527 appendix 16

Bill and receipt of William Claret, 25 May and 12 June 1700, Dorset History Centre, D/FSI box 235(b) 96; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', in Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.526 appendix 7

Receipt of Grinling Gibbons, 30 April 1700, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 236(a) 2; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.528 appendix 18

Bill and receipt of John Norris, 7 November and 4 December 1701, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 235 (b) 96; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.528 appendix 17

Receipt of Robert Herryman, 5 June 1702, National Library of Wales, Penpont Papers no.1169; in Walter T Morgan, Schedule of Penpont Papers (Nat Lib Wales, 1975)

Bill and receipt of John James Baker, 24 April 1703, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 238(a) 35; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', in Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.526 appendix 8

Bill and receipt of John James Baker, 9 November 1703, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 235(b) 96; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', in Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.526 appendix 10

Bill and receipt of John Norris, 21 and 24 April 1703, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 238(a) 23; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', in Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.526 appendix 9

Bill and receipt of John Norris, 30 October 1703, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 238(a) 23; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', in Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.526 appendix 11

Note of payment by Sir Stephen Fox to Gerrit Jensen, August 1704, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 213; cited in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.522 n.19

Receipt of William Goodfellow, 26 March 1705, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 237 131; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.528 appendix 20

Note of payment by Sir Stephen Fox to "Mr Fuller", 15 October 1707, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 213; cited in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.522 n.19

Note of payment by Sir Stephen Fox to Gerrit Jensen, January 1707, Dorset History Centre D/FSI box 213; cited in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.522 n.19

'An acct of severall Tradesmens Bills Entred in Cash Book commencing 1st Sepbr 1710', 1709-circa 1715, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 213; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', in Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.526 appendix 12

Accounts of 5th Earl of Salisbury, 1709, Hatfield House Archives, Family Accounts 80/14; in Auerbach and Adams, Paintings & Sculpture at Hatfield House (1971), p.177

Bill for picture cleaning, 1710, Hatfield House Archives, Bill 437; in Auerbach and Adams, Paintings & Sculpture at Hatfield House (1971), pp.262-3

Receipt of Louis Laguerre, 19 April 1712, Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies D/EP/A5

Accounts of Sir Stephen Fox, 1713-14, Dorset History Centre, D/FSI box 236(c); cited in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.522 n.19

Accounts of Thomas Strangways, 1713-25, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 187; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.528 appendix 23

Bill and receipt of Charles Jervas, 21 March 1713, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 238(a) 50; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), pp.526-7 appendix 14

Receipt of Charles Jervas, 18 December 1713, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 236(c); transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', in Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.526 appendix 13

Receipt of Octavio Galli, 13 June 1714, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 187 volume of receipts 1714-9; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.528 appendix 22

Receipt of Octavio Galli, 19 November 1714, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 187 volume of receipts 1714-9; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.528 appendix 22

Receipt of Octavio Galli, 9 June 1714, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 187 volume of receipts 1714-9; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.528 appendix 22

Accounts of Sir Stephen Fox, 1715, Dorset History Centre, D/FSI box 238; cited in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.522 n.19

Bill of Mr Chauncey, 1718-24, Hatfield House Archives, Family and Estate Papers, Bills 521; in Auerbach and Adams, Paintings & Sculpture at Hatfield House (1971), pp.262-3

Account book of Sir Thomas Webster, 4 November 1720 to 31 December 1723; in Thomas Thorpe, Descriptive Catalogue... of the Muniments of Battle Abbey (London 1835), pp.190-1

Bill for a picture frame, 1723, Hatfield House Archives, Family Papers, Bills 524; in Auerbach and Adams, Paintings & Sculpture at Hatfield House (1971), p.213

Account book of Sir Thomas Webster, January 1724 to December 1734; in Thomas Thorpe, Descriptive Catalogue... of the Muniments of Battle Abbey (London 1835),p.194

Executors' accounts of Sir Isaac Newton, 6 May 1727; in Manuscripts of the late Reginald Rawdon Hastings (HMC 1928), vol 1, pp.415-6


Correspondence

Letter from Sir John Wittenwronge to Sir Harbottle Grimston, 17 August 1666; in Manuscripts of the Earl of Verulam (HMC 1906), p.64

Letter from the Marquess of Worcester to his wife, 1 December 1674, Badminton Muniments, Badminton House; in Manuscripts of the Duke of Beaufort (HMC 1891), p.65

Letter from the Marquess of Worcester to his wife, 8 November 1674, Badminton Muniments, Badminton House; transcribed in Oliver Millar archive, Paul Mellon Centre

Letter from Charles Hatton to Christopher, 1st Viscount Hatton, 23 September 1676; in ed Thompson, Correspondence of the Family of Hatton (Camden Soc 1878), vol 1, pp.139-40

Letter from John Michael Wright to Lady Gerard, 1 April 1676, Archives of the Duke of Hamilton and Brandon (NRA Scotland 2177), Bundle 4491; in Howarth, 'A little local difficulty: John Michael Wright and his patrons', Apollo, vol 149 no.447 ns (May 1999)

Letter from John Michael Wright to Lady Gerard, 13 April 1676, Archive of the Duks of Hamilton and Brandon (NRA Scotland 2177), Bundle 4491; in Howarth, 'A little local difficulty: John Michael Wright and his patrons', Apollo, vol 149 no.447 ns (May 1999)

Letter from John Michael Wright to Sir Walter Bagot, 23 November 1676, National Library of Wales, Salusbury Correspondence 312

Letter from John Michael Wright to Sir Walter Bagot, 24 October 1676, National Library of Wales, Salusbury Correspondence 304

Letter from John Michael Wright to Sir Walter Bagot, 27 July 1676, National Library of Wales, Salusbury Correspondence 299

Letter from John Michael Wright to Sir Walter Bagot, 7 December 1676, National Library of Wales, Salusbury Correspondence 313

Letter from John Michael Wright to Sir Walter Bagot, 9 October 1676, National Library of Wales, Salusbury Correspondence 303

Letter from Charles Fox, Siena, 30 June 1677, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 236(a) 48; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.528 appendix 21 item 2

Letter from Charles Fox, Siena, 5 July 1677, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 236(a) 48; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.528 appendix 21 item 1

Letter from Charles Fox, Siena, to Sir Stephen Fox, 16 August 1677, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 236(a) 48; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.528 appendix 21 item 4

Letter from J Younger, Florence, to Sir Stephen Fox, 19 October 1677, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 236(a) 48; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.528 appendix 21 item 7

Letter from J Younger, Siena, to Sir Stephen Fox, 23 August 1677, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 236(a) 48; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.528 appendix 21 item 5

Letter from J Younger, Siena, to Sir Stephen Fox, 26 July 1677, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 236(a) 48; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.528 appendix 21 item 3

Letter from J Younger, Siena, to Sir Stephen Fox, 4 October 1677, Dorset History Centre D/FSI Box 236(a) 48; transcribed in Millar, 'Artists and Craftsmen in the Service of Sir Stephen Fox', Burlington Magazine, vol 127 no.1109 (August 1995), p.528 appendix 21 item 6

Letter from John Michael Wright to Sir Walter Bagot, 19 March 1677, National Library of Wales, Salusbury Correspondence 329

Letter from John Michael Wright to Sir Walter Bagot, 2 January 1677, National Library of Wales, Salusbury Correspondence 316

Letter from Sir Robert Southwell to Sir Philip Perceval, 21 August 1679; in Manuscripts of the Earl of Egmont (HMC 1920-3) : vol 2, p.85

Letter from Edmund Clifford to Thomas Walker, 8 October 1689, National Library of Wales, Penpont Papers no.1575; in E G Parry, 'Newton and its owners, 1582-1725', in Archaeologia Cambrensis, vol 133 (1984), p.143

Letter from George Prideaux to E Clifford, 29 July 1690, National Library of Wales, Penpont Papers no.1578; in E G Parry, 'Newton and its owners, 1582-1725', in Archaeologia Cambrensis, vol 133 (1984), p.143

Letter from Sir Charles Lyttleton to Christopher, 1st Viscount Hatton, 18 April 1692; in ed Thompson, Correspondence of the Family of Hatton (Camden Soc 1878), vol 2, pp.174-5

Letter from Sir Charles Lyttleton to Christopher, 1st Viscount Hatton, 28 January 1692; in ed Thompson, Correspondence of the Family of Hatton (Camden Soc 1878), vol 2, pp.169-70

Letter from Sir Charles Lyttleton to Christopher, 1st Viscount Hatton, 7 March 1692; in ed Thompson, Correspondence of the Family of Hatton (Camden Soc 1878), vol 2, pp.171-2

Letter from Sir Charles Lyttleton to Christopher, 1st Viscount Hatton, 9 February 1692; in ed Thompson, Correspondence of the Family of Hatton (Camden Soc 1878), vol 2, pp.170-1

Letter from Charles Hatton to Christopher, 1st Viscount Hatton, 2 September 1697; in ed Thompson, Correspondence of the Family of Hatton (Camden Soc 1878), vol 2, p.229

Letter from Charles Hatton to Christopher, 1st Viscount Hatton, 7 August 1697; in ed Thompson, Correspondence of the Family of Hatton (Camden Soc 1878), vol 2, pp.227-8

Letter from Charles Hatton to Christopher, 1st Viscount Hatton, 6 January 1698; in ed Thompson, Correspondence of the Family of Hatton (Camden Soc 1878), vol 2, pp.231-2

Letter from Charles Hatton to Christopher, 1st Viscount Hatton, 12 December 1699; in ed Thompson, Correspondence of the Family of Hatton (Camden Soc 1878), vol 2, pp.243-4

Letter from Helena le Grand to the 1st Earl of Egmont, 29 November 1708; in Manuscripts of the Earl of Egmont (HMC 1920-3) : vol 2, p.233

Letter from Sir Godfrey Kneller to 1st Earl Cowper, 18 August 1710, Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies D/EP/F55

Letter from the Duke of Chandos to 1st Earl Cowper, 20 July 1716, Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies D/EP/F53

Letter from John Hughes to 1st Earl Cowper, 5 August 1718, Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies D/EP/F61

Letter from John Hughes to 1st Earl Cowper, 22 January 1720, Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies D/EP/F61

Letter from James Hill to Penry Williams, circa 1724, National Library of Wales, Penpont Papers no.1589; in E G Parry, 'Newton and its owners, 1582-1725', in Archaeologia Cambrensis, vol 133 (1984), p.144

Letters from Thomas Winston to Penry Williams, 1 October 1724, National Library of Wales, Penpont Papers nos.1586-7; in E G Parry, 'Newton and its owners, 1582-1725', in Archaeologia Cambrensis, vol 133 (1984), p.144


Court Papers

Chancery suit of Thomas Killigrew and others vs Isaac Fuller, 6 June 1671; transcribed in Hotson, The Commonwealth and Restoration Stage (1928)


Travel, Memoir and Diaries

Charles Beale, Pocket book, 1671, transcript and commentary by Richard Jeffree, circa 1975, National Portrait Gallery Heinz Archive, Richard Jeffree papers, drawer 2 folder 22; the pocket book transcript from George Vertue, 'Notebook A.x', circa 1740, British Library Add Ms 23072

Charles Beale, Pocket book, 1672, transcript and commentary by Richard Jeffree, circa 1975, National Portrait Gallery Heinz Archive, Richard Jeffree papers, drawer 2 folder 22; the pocket book transcript from George Vertue, 'Notebook A.x', circa 1740, British Library Add Ms 23072

Charles Beale, Pocket book, 1674, transcript and commentary by Richard Jeffree, circa 1975, National Portrait Gallery Heinz Archive, Richard Jeffree papers, drawer 2 folder 22; the pocket book transcript from George Vertue, 'Notebook A.x', 1743, British Library Add Ms 23072

Charles Beale, Pocket book, 1676, transcript and commentary by Richard Jeffree, circa 1975, National Portrait Gallery Heinz Archive, Richard Jeffree papers, drawer 2 folder 22; the pocket book transcript from George Vertue, 'Notebook A.x', circa 1740, British Library Add Ms 23072


Inventories and Lists

Inventory of household goods and pictures of James, Duke of York, 1 June 1674, Bodleian Library MS Bodl 891; transcribed in Paul Mellon Centre, Ellis Waterhouse archive, box 'E.K.W.archive' folder 'J'

Note of pictures bought by 1st Marquis of Tweeddale in 1691, National Library of Scotland Ms 14487, f.49

Inventory of pictures in the collection of Bartolomeo della Nave, mid 17th century, with annotations circa 1694-5; in E.K.Waterhouse, 'Paintings from Venice for seventeenth century England: some records of a forgotten transaction,' Italian Studies, vol vii (1952)

Inventory of paintings at Narford Hall, Norfolk, 17 September 1738; photocopy in Paul Mellon Centre, Ellis Waterhouse archive

A catalogue of pictures of Vice Chamberlain Coke left in the possession of Vice Chamberlain Stanhope at St James's Palace, 24 June 1724, Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, D/EK/1547


Sale Catalogues

Sale of paintings at the King's Arms Tavern in the Strand, 1 April 1691 [London 1691]

A catalogue of original and other paintings (being the collection of Mr John Smith) (London 1702)

A collection of curious Italian and Flemish pictures [London 1702]

A collection of original pictures by the best Italian and Dutch Masters [London 1704]

A catalogue of the great and curious collection of pictures of Mr Simon du Bois, deceased (London 1709)

'Sale of Pictures att the Green Door, little Piazza', circa 1713-31, National Art Library, Houlditch Mss vol 2, p.1

'Motteux's sale of pictures', circa 1714-17, National Art Library, Houlditch Mss vol 2, p.20

'Mr.Gouge's sale of pictures. 1715', National Art Library, Houlditch Mss, vol 2, p.14

Mr.Philipps's Sale of Pictures. 1727/8', National Art Library, Houlditch Mss vol 1, p.42. This catalogue has buyers' names and prices.


State Papers

Schedule of Secret Service receipts and payments, 1679-88; in ed Akerman, Moneys Received and paid for Secret Services of Charles II and James II (Camden Soc 1851)


Wills

Will of Richard Cordwell, 27 December 1712, National Library of Wales LL/1713/25


Indexes of People, Places and Sales

24 places have been added, chiefly houses associated with the late 17th century financial papers published today

140 names have been added, chiefly of picture salesmen and their clients, mentioned in the financial papers published today; also a list of the buyers at the December 1711 Robert Streeter sale has been published.

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14 December 2012

The papers of one of the great early 18th century art collectors have been published on The art world in Britain 1660 to 1735 website. The 56 letters, 87 bills and receipts, and miscellaneous accounts, inventories and other documents of James Stanley, 10th Earl of Derby (1664-1736) of Knowsley Hall, comprise the largest archive yet found of the early 18th century art trade. Most of these papers remain at Knowsley Hall.

Derby's collecting can be reconstructed in amazing detail and he emerges as one of the most ambitious connoisseurs of his age. His London agent's account books document a decade of copious and self-assured expenditure, and there is a complete paper trail describing the importation of artefacts from Italy. The best documented agents are two painter dealers, Thomas Wright and Hamlet Winstanley, whose activities on Derby's behalf in London and Italy in the mid 1720s are described in many letters.

The papers are also an important source for the study of the early 18th century art world. They deal with the acquisition of prints, drawings, paintings and sculpture; purchases both in London and abroad; from dealers and at auction; purchases on the secondary market as well as direct commissions from painters; and not only the direct costs of art works, but also framing, colours and other studio materials, customs duties and packaging. They feature painters, picture sellers, importers, print sellers, sculptors, frame makers, shippers and carriers.

I am very grateful to the current Earl of Derby for permission to publish extracts from his private family archive. Thank you also to Francis Russell, whose article in Walpole Society vol 53 established the importance of this archive, and to Stephen Lloyd, curator of the Derby Collection.

To view the complete list of sources relating to the 10th Earl of Derby, click here.

As well as the Derby papers, other documentary sources have been published. Here is the complete list of this other material:


Sale Catalogues

18 sale catalogues are published, including the sales of prominent collectors Henry Davenant and the Duke of Portland (1722), Grinling Gibbons (1722), the Earl of Radnor (1724) and Sir James Thornhill (1735). The editor is very grateful to Caroline Good who has contributed five catalogues from 1691:

A curious collection of paintings, 1691

A curious collection of original paintings by the best ancient and modern masters, 1691

An extraordinary collection of pictures by the best masters, 1691

An appendix to the collection of paintings which will be sold at the Auction House adjoining to the Court of Requests, London 1691

An appendix to the curious collection of paintings, containing 150 pieces by the best ancient and modern masters, 1691

Catalogue of a sale of pictures and music books at the Temple Change Coffee House, 1699

Catalogue of a picture sale at the Green Door in the Little Piazza, Covent Garden, 1714

Catalogue of a picture sale held by Edward Gouge in 1714

Catalogue of a picture sale at the Green Door in the Little Piazza, Covent Garden, 1715

Catalogue of a sale of pictures belonging to Sir Robert Gayer, 1716

Catalogue of Grinling Gibbons's sale of pictures, 1722

Catalogue of the Duke of Portland's picture sale, 1722

Catalogue of the Earl of Radnor's picture collection, 1724

Catalogue of a picture sale at the Blackamoor's Head in Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, 1726

Catalogue of a picture sale held by Edward Gouge in 1727

Catalogue of Henry D'Avenant's sale of pictures, 1731

Catalogue of James Sykes's sale of pictures, 1733

Catalogue of Sir James Thornhill's collection of prints, drawings, models and casts, 1735


Vertue Notebooks

Address book of George Vertue (Notebook E.2), 1715-51, British Library Add Mss 23095

This was not included by the Walpole Society in their landmark edition of Vertue's papers, published between 1930 and 1955.


Inventories and Lists

Inventory of the prints and drawings of the Hon John Spencer, compiled by George Knapton, British Library Add Mss 75402

List of purchases made by the Duchess of Marlborough at the Duchess of Shrewsbury's sale, 1726, British Library Add Mss 75402


Wills

A detailed abstract of the will of John Michael Rysbrack, dated 5 March 1768 and proved 26 January 1770. The editor is very grateful to Gordon Balderston for contributing this for publication.


History and Biography

A biography of the art dealer Theodore van Pee, who was based in London in the early 18th century. The text by Johan van Gool was published in 1750 and has been translated into English by Sander Karst, who has kindly contributed his work for publication.


Theory and Technique

A memorandum by Sir Peter Lely, circa 1663, listing the raw materials for colours


Indexes of People, Places and Sales

96 names, 14 addresses and 4 sales have been added to the indexes, chiefly relating to art collectors and art dealers active in London during the 1720s.

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28 September 2012

The latest upload of data completes the listing of art sales for the period 1660 to 1699, adding over 250 late 17th century auctions and lotteries to the index. 13 newly transcribed sale catalogues include the collections of surgeon Luke Rugeley (1697), painter Herman Verelst (1702), art collector 3rd Earl of Leicester (1703) and dealer and print maker Alexander Browne (1706). Among other additions, a group of letters from Christiaan Huygens provides a window into the studio practices of Sir Peter Lely in the early 1660s.

Here is the full list of the current upload:

Sale catalogues

A choice collection of valuable paintings, most of which are original [London 1691]

An extraordinary collection of pictures [London 1692]

A curious collection of paintings [London 1692]

An appendix to Dr.Rugeley's library [London 1697]

A curious collection of pictures, to be sold at the late dwelling house of Mr Herman Verelst [London 1702]

A most Excellent and Curious COLLECTION OF Paintings, Drawings, and Prints, Marble Statues, and Heads [London, 1703]

A catalogue of the Rt Hon the Lady Katharine O'Bryan's pictures [London 1703]

A catalogue of the pictures of Mr.Alexander Brown, deceas'd (London 1706)

The goods of Mr Samuel Blanchard and John Gamon [London 1707]

A curious collection of original paintings [London 1708]

A catalogue of Mr van Nost's collection (London 1712)

A catalogue of extraordinary original pictures by several eminent masters [London 1712]

A catalogue of extraordinary original pictures by several of the most celebrated masters [London 1713]

Correspondence

18 letters to and from Christiaan Huygens, 1662-90. Most of these date from Huygens's time in London in the early 1660s and describe his activities as a member of Sir Peter Lely's circle.

3 letters from Leonard Knyff, 1702-3, concerning his trade as a picture dealer.

Bills, Accounts and Receipts

3 receipts of Leonard Knyff, 1699-1700

A receipt of Charles Jervas, 1712

Indexes

255 art sales listings, making the index of art sales complete for the years 1660 to 1699;

80 names and 130 addresses, chiefly of people and places involved in the organisation and promotion of art sales in late 17th century London.

Wills

Will of the painter Jacques Rousseau, 31 June 1693

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31 July 2012

The sources published today provide significant new evidence about the late 17th century art market. The major items are:

Bills, Accounts and Receipts

Records of over 300 payments by two leading art collectors, Philip Sidney, 3rd Earl of Leicester (1619-98)and Charles Sackville, 6th Earl of Dorset (1638-1706). Accounts, bills and receipts describe their purchases of paintings, prints, drawings and picture frames between 1677 and 1701, giving important new details of the activities of leading art trade figures such as Alexander Browne, John Norris and Parry Walton, and introducing previously unrecorded figures such as the picture seller and auction manager Theodore du Jordan. The Earl of Leicester's accounts are of special interest as they record his purchases at several early auctions, including at one held at Somerset House in 1678. The editor is grateful to Lord de Lisle for his permission to publish these extracts from his family archive.

Diaries, Memoir and Travel

350 extracts from the diary of Constantijn Huygens, 1688-96, translated into English by Sanne van der Schee. Huygens, a connoisseur of prints and drawings, was William III's private secretary and these diary entries describes his many encounters with art dealers, collectors and auctioneers during his years in England from 1688.

Sale catalogues

Sale of prints and drawings at Ave Maria Lane, 4 May 1689

Sale at Kistell's coffee house, 20 October 1690

Sale of pictures from Prosper Henry Lankrink's collection, January 1693

Inventories and Lists

An inventory of the Earl of Dorset's pictures at Knole, 1706

An inventory of the Earl of Leicester's pictures at Soho Square, 1743

An inventory of Sir Wyndham Knatchbull's pictures at Mersham Hatch, 1749

Indexes of People, Places and Sales

275 names have been added to the 'people' index, chiefly of art dealers, print and map sellers, colourmen, frame makers and picture restorers

40 addresses added to the index of places, chiefly of map sellers' shops, but also of miscellaneous places mentioned in the Huygens diary and other sources

18 sales added to the database of sales, chiefly of sales mentioned in the Huygens diary

Correspondence

A group of letters addressed to Sir Edward Filmer in 1735 concerning the painter Herman Verelst

An spirited letter from Sir Godfrey Kneller, circa 1705-13

Court Papers

Petition of the Duke of Norfolk to the House of Lords, January 1689, attempting to stop the sale of heirlooms from the Arundel collection by his step-mother

Newspapers, Handbills and Trade Cards

Handbill for a sale of pictures from the Arundel collection, 24 January 1689

In addition, summary descriptions of many further items from the collections of Canterbury Cathedral Archives and the Kent History Centre have been published.

Finally, a big thank you to Dr Paul Young, of the University of York Digital Library, for all his work on this website over the past year. Paul, who leaves at the end of July, built this website and the database that underpins it.

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28 May 2012

The library of full-text sources reaches 1.5 million words today, with publication of a large group of diaries, bills & accounts, auction catalogues, inventories, wills. Over 3,000 names and addresses have been added to the 'people' and 'places' indexes, and the 'people' search function has been improved.

Here is the detailed list of changes:

Indexes of 'People' and 'Places'

2,600 names have been added to the index of people, comprising apprenticeship records of the Painter Stainers Company, based on the work of Cliff Webb. Several hundred other names have been added, of artists, house painters and others across Britain, using information from their wills. 100 addresses of colourmen and others have been added to the 'places' index, using data from Sun Insurance records. Miscellaneous other names and locations have also been added, of people and places mentioned in full-text sources published today.

Diaries, Memoir and Travel

Extracts from the diary of Dudley Ryder, 1715-16, including his long and revealing account of meeting with Sir James Thornhill as he worked on the St Paul's cupola. Extracts from the diaries of Viscount Percival, 1st Earl of Egmont, 1729-46.

Trade Organisations, Employment, Training

Records of the Virtuosi of St Luke, 1697-circa 1743

Wills

Lists of 700 wills of painters and related trades. Abstracts of 30 wills of painters and art dealers, including: Peter Roestraten, Remigius van Leemputt, Leonard Knyff, Thomas Highmore, Edward Davis, Parry Walton, Frederick Sonnius and Thomas Streeter.

Sale Catalogues

6 sale catalogues from March 1691, generously contributed by Peter Moore, a PhD candidate of the University of York, who is attached to the 'Court, Country, City' project

Bills, Accounts and Receipts

Extracts from the Chirk Castle accounts, 1675-1721. Bill and receipt for frames made for Jacob Tonson by Gerrard Howard, 1733-4. Receipt from John Michael Wright to Sir Walter Bagot, 9 December 1675. Bill for pictures painted for Sir Walter Bagot by John Michael Wright, c.1676. Bill and receipt from Christopher Cock for the Duchess of Marlborough's purchases at the Kneller sale, 28 April 1726.

Inventories and Lists

A list of recipients of mourning rings at the funeral of Sir Godfrey Kneller. Probate inventory of Edward Cooper, London's leading printseller of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. 'A Note of Pictures' belonging to Viscount Fauconberg, 1684-93.

Correspondence

Petition of Jean Rambourt, circa 1670-85.

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7 March 2012

A large and diverse group of 17th and 18th century sources are published today, comprising inventories, wills, sale catalogues, letters, invoices and receipts, legal papers, travel diaries, and lives of painters. Over 700 names and addresses have been added to the 'people' and 'places' indexes.

Here is the detailed list:

Indexes of 'People', 'Places' and 'Sales'

450 addresses have been added to the 'Places' index, comprising (a) places associated with art sales 1689-92; (b) sites of decorative painting based on Edward Croft-Murray's 'Decorative Painting in England'; and (c) miscellaneous locations mentioned in full-text sources being published at the same time.

130 art sales, from the period 1689-92, have been added to the 'Sales' database.

290 names have been added to the 'People' index, comprising (a) people associated with art sales 1689-92; (b) decorative painters; and (c) miscellaneous people mentioned in full-text sources being published at the same time.

In addition, biographical notes of three early 18th century art dealers have been published:

  • Broome, Henry Turner (baptised 1683, died 1733)
  • Partington, Joseph (active 1693/4, died 1734)
  • Turner, Elizabeth (active 1713, probate 1733)

History and Biography

We publish a major source of biographical information: Bainbrigge Buckridge's eighty biographies of painters active in England in the late 17th century, first published in 1706. In addition there is a brief extract from the preface of Alexander Gordon's 'Itinerarium septentrionale' (1726), in which he summarises the chief treasures among the art collections of England.

Diaries, Memoir and Travel

  • Extracts from the autobiography of Roger North, providing a narrative account of the sale of Sir Peter Lely's collections, and North's observations on drawings and architecture.
  • Extracts from the diaries of three visitors to London in the 1720s, providing extensive descriptions of the chief art collections there: the Comte de Caylus (1722), Sir John Clerk of Penicuik (1727) and Pierre Jacques Fougeroux (1728).
  • Extracts from four travellers' diaries which describe country house art collections in England, Ireland and Scotland: Sir John Clerk of Penicuik (1733, 1739, 1740) and John Loveday of Caversham (1732).

Sale Catalogues

6 sale catalogues from the 1690s, comprising 2200 individual lots, and 2 early 18th century sale catalogues: one fully priced (1729), another (1734) with both prices and buyers' names. The title page and terms of sale of a further 125 sale catalogues from 1689-92 have been transcribed, as an initial step in the task of creating full transcripts.

Bills, Accounts and Receipts

Several receipts of Sir Godfrey Kneller (1695-1719); a note of pictures bought by Sir Nicholas Carew (1678-1727) from Mr Gilbert, a London print seller (early 18th century); a valuation of Paintings by Christopher Wren 7 July 1683, with a receipt signed by Jacob Huysmans.

Correspondence

Extracts from 14 letters from William Aikman to to Sir John Clerk of Penicuik (1720-30) and some minor correspondence of and relating to Sir Godfrey Kneller (circa 1688-1719). We are grateful to Sir John Clerk Bt for permission to publish extracts from his ancestor's papers.

Inventories and Lists

4 probate inventories: of the painter stainer Thomas Dobson (1725); the decorative painter Antonio Verrio at Hampton Court (1707), kindly contributed by Brett Dolman; the picture seller Bernard Morrell (1683); the painter Daniel Boone (1693). A description by Sir John Clerk of Penicuik of a painting in his collection (1739)

State Papers

Treasury Committee papers concerning the auction room in the Palace of Westminster (circa 1730)

Court Papers

Several papers from Chancery proceedings, describing disputes involving Edward Gouge and the Closterman brothers (1711-13); among the heirs of the art collector Sir Robert Gayer (1703-4); and between the book and print sellers John Bullord and John Bullfinch on the one hand, and painters Thomas Murray and Edward Roberts on the other, relating to picture auctions in the 1690s (1698).

Wills

Abstracts of the wills of two London printsellers: Michael Hennekin (1722) and John Lloyd (1713); abstract of the will of Daniel Rowe, a house painter (1732).

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22 December 2011

The website has today published a group of 45 transcribed sale catalogues, representing 8,000 individual lots. Most of these sales date from the early 18th century, and include the sales of connoisseurs Richard Graham (1712), Sir Robert Gayer (1715), William van Huls (1722) and Thomas Coke (1728); the sales of painters Louis Cheron, Thomas Murray and Sir Godfrey Kneller (all 1726), John Verelst (1728) and Peter Tillemans (1733); and sales by the dealers William Sykes (1724), Carlo Gamberini (1725), Solomon Gautier (1726) and Andrew Hay (1726).

In addition to sales of paintings, prints and drawings, several catalogues of household goods are featured, with their picture lots only being transcribed. Thomas Coke's library of books on art, sold in 1728, have also been included.

The names and places associated with the 45 art sales - sale organisers, vendors, sale venues and the locations where sale catalogues were distributed - have been indexed.

In February 2012 the website will publish further sale catalogues and biographical accounts of several art dealers and sale organisers.

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2 December 2011

The website has today published a checklist of 8,100 paintings from the period 1660 to 1735 held in over 600 public and institutional collections in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. The data has been generously contributed by Christopher Wright and is based on his British and Irish Paintings in Public Collections, published by Yale in 2006. Although this website does not publish reproductions of these paintings, links are given to online picture libraries, and to institutions' own websites, where images are available.

Wright began work on this index in the 1970s, supported by Catherine Gordon and (from 2000) by Mary Peskett Smith; in his preface to the 2006 publication, Brian Allen called it 'one of the great art historical references books of our time'. The value of Wright's work lies chiefly in his comprehensiveness: he has covered not only public collections but also public schools, learned societies, gentlemen's clubs, the register of conditionally-exempt works of art and countless buildings with very modest holdings, such as historic parish churches. The 8,100 paintings by 440 artists listed in the index published today may be contrasted with the 1,700 paintings by 210 artists currently illustrated on the BBC Your Paintings website.

In 2012 this website aims to add to Wright's comprehensive index of British and Irish paintings by publishing checklists of prints and drawings from the period 1660 to 1735. This will comprise catalogue data from the British Museum's Department of Prints and Drawings, the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, and other collections.

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17 October 2011

This website launches with a collection of 17,000 transcribed newspaper advertisements, which incorporates a corpus of 14,000 transcripts contributed by Joseph Friedman. In addition an initial batch of 43 records from the art sales database have been placed online, covering sales between 1664 and 1687, and which include four full-text sale catalogues. Indexes of the 23 names and 17 addresses associated with these sales are also online.

The website is a major initiative of Court, Country, City: British Art 1660-1735, the AHRC-funded research project based at the University of York and Tate Britain. The editor of The art world in Britain 1660 to 1735 is Dr Richard Stephens of the University of York History of Art Department and the software developer is Dr Paul Young of the University of York Digital Library.

The goal of the website is to create a searchable corpus of the principal primary sources for the history of art in Britain in the late Stuart and early Hanoverian period. The site will present new research in the form of a biographical dictionary, a database of art sales, a topographical dictionary and a group of subject-based texts. It will provide tools for further research with a database of financial records and a large checklist of works of art. More information about the project can be found here.

The website will be a work in progress that is updated regularly with new content. The site launches with a substantial group of transcribed newspaper advertisements. The November update of data will comprise a checklist of 8,100 paintings in British and Irish public and institutional collections. Updates thereafter until mid-2012 will focus on the art sales database and full-text sale catalogues. More information about the publications schedule can be found here.

The project has already received very substantial contributions of research data, notably from Joseph Friedman, compiler of The trade in cultural goods in late Stuart England: a corpus of newspaper advertisements; and from Christopher Wright, the principal author of British and Irish Paintings in Public Collections (Yale 2005). Any readers with knowledge of archival or other material that they feel could be of interest to this project - or with transcripts that could be published here - are warmly encouraged to contact the editor, Richard Stephens.

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