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Stephen J. Bury is the Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian, Frick Art Reference Library, and the author of this blog.

Screenshot of Your Paintings: Portrait of Delius by Alexander Akerbladh after Jelka Rosen.

Delius Buys A Gauguin

Last week I was transcribing a recording of my interview with the painter, Noel Forster (1932–2007), for a forthcoming monograph on him. Noel recalls his first stay in London, in Lupus Street, Pimlico.

Woodcut and poem by Emile Bernard from 'Couronne d'amour' (1902)

A Frenchman in Cairo

Twenty-seven percent of the Frick Art Reference Library's book collection has no other library location in WorldCat. One recent addition to these "uniques" is Couronne d'amour: poemes by the cloisonnist painter, Emile Bernard (1868-1941). It was published in 1902 by the Imprimerie E.

Covers of three New York exhibition catalogues of work by Charles R. Hulbeck AKA Richard Huelsenbeck

A Dadaist Doctor in New York

One of the founders of Dada with Hugo Ball, Richard Huelsenbeck (1892-1974) took part in the activities of the Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, including creating and performing the simultaneous Dada poem L’amiral cherche...

The Moorish Room of James Buchanan Brady (1856-1917), otherwise known as "Diamond Jim," from the auction of his property at the American Art Galleries, New York, October 22-30 1917

Gilding the Gilded Age

Phase III of the digital collection, Documenting the Gilded Age, made possible by a grant from the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), has just been completed.

Color stipple engraving of a portrait of Thomas Keyse by John Chapman after Samuel Drummond c.1797

The Artist as Tavern-keeper

It's an interesting moment when a book dealer brings in something that neither the dealer nor you yourself quite know what it could possibly be. The item in question was an eight-page manuscript in ink, entitled Catalogue of an exhibition of paintings now exhibiting at the Lyceum Strand the whole painted by Mr Keyse. It looks like a maquette for a printed catalog, as the manuscript hand...

A page from Edey’s annotated copy of Maurice Rheims, The Strange Life of Objects (New York, 1961)

On Time

Edey’s annotated copy of Maurice Rheims, The Strange Life of Objects (New York, 1961)

Painting of King Philip IV of Spain, by Velázquez (The Frick Collection), acquired by Henry Clay Frick from Knoedler, 1911

Collecting Spanish Art

The Frick Collection's Center for the History of Collecting was established in 2007. Its program includes a series of international symposia and it has begun to publish their proceedings.

Screenshot from the National Portrait Gallery (UK) Research Pages on British Artists Suppliers, 1650-1950

Web-based Research Resources

There are many wonderful free Web-based research resources for the study of art history, but how do we know how to find them or if they are reliable? For the last few years, staff at the Frick Art Reference Library have been selecting, evaluating, and cataloging such Web sites.

Screenshot of home search page of FRESCO, the Frick Art Reference Library's online catalogue

A New Acquisition

The Frick Art Reference Library recently acquired a three volume, complete run of 'Le DA COSTA Encyclopédique', published in Paris in 1947-8.

Screenshot of home search page of the Getty Research Portal

Getty Research Portal

The Frick Art Reference Library is one of the participants in the new Getty Research Portal. The Getty Research Institute is spearheading this international collaboration with libraries that are digitizing art history books in order to make their resources accessible to a larger audience.



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