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John Smith correspondence, 1830-1849.

Smith, John, -1718.

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  • Title:
    John Smith correspondence, 1830-1849.
  • Author/Creator: Smith, John, -1718.
  • Creation Date: 1830-1849.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: John Smith (fl. 1825-1849) was a London picture dealer and author of A Catalogue raisonné of the works of the most eminent Dutch, Flemish, and French painters, 1829-1842. Samuel Mountjoy Smith (fl. 1830-1857) assisted his father's picture-dealing business and was a genre painter and portraitist.
  • Physical Desc.: 80 letters, 1 marriage certificate..
  • Summary: This collection consists of 80 letters, chronologically arranged, the majority of which are between John Smith and his sons John M. Smith and Samuel Mountjoy Smith. The letters largely pertain to buying and selling paintings, difficulties with purchasers, business trips in England and Europe, and family matters, and discuss the purchase of paintings by Rembrandt, Van Dyck, and Ruysdael. One letter mentions the death of Constable (1837); and several letters refer to prominent figures such as the Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel, the governor-general of Canada Sir Charles Bagot, the Dutch picture dealers Van der Hoop and Christianus Johannus Nieuwenhuys, and the British picture dealer Chaplin. Other correspondents include Henry Ellis of the British Museum (1833), the picture dealer J. Emmerson (1835), Robert Hume (1837), and Isaac Paley, who writes of his inability to find subscribers for John Smith's Catalogue raisonné (1830). The collection also contains a parish record of the marriage between Samuel Mountjoy Smith and Mary Anne Bates, daughter of the auctioneer William Bates (1837).
    Folder 1: Fifteen items, 1830-1832. Three from John Smith to John M. Smith; two from John Smith to his wife and family; and one from John M. Smith to John Smith. One letter from each of the following: Isaac Paley, Wilhelm Egerton, Walthon Egerton, Downman? esq., Major General Davy of Tracy Park, Lord Townshead?, and James Brookman. Two envelopes also present.
    Folder 2: Ten letters, 1833. Six from John Smith to John M. Smith, one from John Smith to his wife and family, two from John M. Smith to John Smith, and one from Sir Henry Ellis.
    Folder 3: Thirteen letters, 1834-36. Eight from John Smith to John M. Smith, two from John M. Smith to John Smith, one each from John M. Smith to his mother, from J. Emmerson, and from Mr. Gunn.
    Folder 4: Ten letters, 1837. Three from John Smith to John M. Smith, four from John M. Smith to John Smith, One each from John Smith to Samuel Mountjoy Smith, from Robert Hume, and from an unidentified correspondent.
    Folder 5: Seven letters, 1838. One from John Smith to Martini, four from Samuel Mountjoy Smith to John M. Smith, one from Mary Anne and Samuel Mountjoy Smith to Ellen and John M. Smith, and one from Carolyn Dayden? to John Smith.
    Folder 6: Nine letters, 1839-1842. One from John Smith to John M. Smith, four from John Smith to John M. Smith and Samuel Mountjoy Smith, two from John M. Smith to John Smith, one from Samuel Mountjoy Smith to John M. Smith, and one price list.
    Folder 7: Nine letters, 1843-1844. Three from John Smith to John M. Smith, five from John Smith to John M. Smith and Samuel Mountjoy Smith, and one from John M. Smith to John Smith.
    Folder 8: Eight items, 1847-1849. Two from John Smith to John M. Smith, two from John M. Smith to John Smith, one each from Samuel Mountjoy Smith to John M. Smith, from John Cole to John Smith, and from John Chamberlin to John Smith, Also includes an envelope and a parish marriage record, 1837.
  • Language: English
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Folder list available in the repository.
  • Subjects: Art dealers -- History -- 19th century -- Great Britain
  • Contributors: Ellis, Henry, 1777-1869. Hume, Robert. Paley, Isaac. Smith, John M. Smith, Samuel Mountjoy.
  • ID/Accession Number: 1384-612
    910117
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
  • OCLC Record Number: 79720339

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