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Joseph Gillott papers, ca. 1843-1890.

Gillott, Joseph, 1799-1872.

Available at Special Collections  SPECIAL COLLECTIONS - CONTACT REFERENCE  (860080 )()

  • Title:
    Joseph Gillott papers, ca. 1843-1890.
  • Author/Creator: Gillott, Joseph, 1799-1872.
  • Creation Date: ca. 1843-1890.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: Gillott was a Birmingham (England) manufacturer who, in the course of assembling a large private collection of English paintings, bought and sold both native art and the work of Italian masters, and became closely associated with the dealer Ernest Gambart. Gillott's collection became one of the most widely known and viewed of the Victorian age. The bequests and estate sales that followed his death were of considerable significance in dispersing works into private collections. His activities coincided with and had considerable influence on the formation of the international commercial art market and the exhibition system.
  • Arrangement: Organization: I. Correspondence, ca. 1837-1871 (Box 1-4); II. Letterbooks, 1853-1882 (Box 5); III. Ledgers, 1843-1867 (Box 6); IV. Sales catalogues and pamphlets, 1805-1892 (Box 7).
  • Physical Desc.: 4 lin. ft..
  • Summary: The collection represents the surviving body of Gillott's papers relating to art. Included are correspondence relating to Gillott's collection and to his role in the art market; letterbooks devoted to correspondence with artists on the loan of pictures for exhibitions; ledgers of picture transactions, business, and personal accounts; and sales & auction catalogues and descriptive pamphlets relating to Gillott's collection.
    Series I. Correspondence, ca. 1837-1871, ca. 2500 items. The bulk of the correspondence refers to Gillott's collecting, collection, exhibitions, loans, estimates, picture sales, and transactions with dealers. Notable are the extensive groups of letters from Ernst Gambart (1860-1868), William Etty and the Etty estate (1844-1850), the dealer William Cox (1854-1867), the estate and associates of J. M. W. Turner, and Francis Danby (1855-1858). A portion of the correspondence relates to Gillott's pen business, advertising, shares, investment of capital, property offers and sales both in England and overseas.
    Series II. Letterbooks, 1853-1882, 3 bound vols. Vol. 1, 1853-1854 (41 p.) letters addressed to Gillott regarding paintings; Vol. 2, 1858-1861 (206 pp.) copies of letters sent regarding pictures and loans for exhibitions, recipients include Cox, John Linnell, Thos. Agnew and Sons Ltd., and Turner; Vol. 3, 1856-1882, holds private correspondence regarding personal and domestic matters.
    Series III. Ledgers, ca. 1843-1867, 5 bound vols. One ledger (49 p.) titled "Picture transactions" (1846-1853) contains memorandums and notes on pictures on loan, sold, and purchased. With sketches by Linnell of works commissioned by Gillott. The remaining four volumes concern legal and business (vol. 1); collecting, collection, and art dealing (vols. 2-3); and personal and family accounts (vol. 4).
    Series IV. Sales & auction catalogues, pamphlets and articles, ca. 20 items. Includes sales catalogues of the Joseph Gillott and Charles Dickens estates with published biographical sketches of Gillott and newspapers clippings.
  • Language: English
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Detailed inventory, created by Jeannie Chapel, available in the repository.
  • Additional Formats: Picture transactions ledger (1846-1853) also available in full as a photocopy in the repository.
  • Other Archival Locations: Joseph Gillott papers; Also located at; Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham, England.
    Joseph Gillott papers relating to his art dealing; Also located at; Birmingham University Library, Birmingham, England.
  • Notes: Mss.
    The Gillott papers represent surviving documents acquired by Jeremy Maas from Gillott's heirs. Letters from J.M.W. Turner to Gillott, originally part of the archive, are not among the papers acquired by the Getty Research Library.
  • Subjects: Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 Turner, J. M. W. (Joseph Mallord William), 1775-1851 Art -- Collectors and collecting Art -- Exhibitions Art dealers -- Great Britain Collectors and collecting -- Great Britain Painting, British -- 19th century
  • Contributors: Cox, William George, 1827-1902. Danby, Francis, 1793-1861. Etty, William, 1787-1849. Gambart, Ernest, 1814-1902. Linnell, John, 1792-1882. Thos. Agnew and Sons Ltd.
  • ID/Accession Number: 86-A430
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
  • OCLC Record Number: 82968122
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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