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Records of John Smith and successors, 1812-1892.

John Smith (Firm).

Available at Special Collections  PROVENANCE INDEX FILES : CONTACT REFERENCE  (2611-560 )()

  • Title:
    Records of John Smith and successors, 1812-1892.
  • Author/Creator: John Smith (Firm).
  • Creation Date: 1812-1892.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: John Smith (1781-1855) was a London framer, picture dealer and author of A Catalogue raisonné of the works of the most eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French painters, 1829-1842. His sons, Samuel Mountjoy Smith (fl. 1828-1857) and John M. Smith assisted in their father's business. Samuel Theobald Smith, the grandson of John Smith and also in the business, died in 1904. The stock of S.T. Smith & Son appeared in several sales at Rob. F. & H. in 1904, 1905, and 1910.
  • Physical Desc.: ca. 5 lin. ft., 18 vols. (photocopies).
  • Summary: Records (all photocopies) contain stock books, 1822-1850; account books for 1863-1876 and 1884-1895; and day books covering the years 1812-1821 and 1839-1848. These records represent the firm under John Smith and his successors, known variously as John Smith, Smith & Son, and the House of Smith.
  • Language: English
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Inventory available in the Provenance Index.
    Provenance Index has an in-house database that records 4,737 entries in the Smith stockbooks. The database begins with the earliest entries and is not yet complete.
  • Notes: Volumes were presented to the Victoria & Albert Library by W.R. Roberts, art historian.
  • Form/Genre: Journals (accounts) -- Great Britain -- 19th century
    Ledgers (account books) -- Great Britain -- 19th century
    Merchandise inventories -- Great Britain -- 19th century
  • Subjects: Smith, John, -1718 Art -- Collectors and collecting Art -- Provenance Art dealers -- Great Britain -- London Collectors and collecting
  • Contributors: Smith, John, -1718. Smith, John M. Smith, Samuel Mountjoy.
  • ID/Accession Number: 2611-560
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
  • OCLC Record Number: 81257239

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