bury's blog

steamship in stormy seas against backdrop of cliffs

The first two Turner paintings in the United States were bought by James Lenox (1800–1880) in 1845 and 1850, and were on display in The Lenox Library, which was demolished in 1912 to make way for the construction of the Frick mansion. In 1877, the Lenox Library was open to the public on Mondays and Fridays from 11:00 a.m.

Woman's head in cubist style looking left with hand raised horrified by the announcement of the Second Post-Impressionist Exhibition at the Grafton Galleriesd

Roger Fry (1866–1934) organized the exhibition Manet and the Post-Impressionists at the Grafton Galleries, 8 Grafton Street, London, 8 November 1910–11 January 1911.

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

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. Strangely enough this was the very same street where I too had lived in 1975 after coming down from Oxford, and to add to the coincidence I had then moved to Oxford Road, Putney, where Noel had also lived.

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

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

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 une maison a louer with

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

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. A collaborative project, this phase includes material from The Frick Art Reference Library and The William Randolph Hearst Archive at Long Island University (LIU) Post.

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

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 imitates typography. And it has “Kemish printer Borough” on its cover. Intriguingly, there is a date of 1827, crossed out in pencil and Nov 1797 inserted. There are 72 paintings of which seven are starred as for sale, mainly works not by Keyse. Painting No. 51 is described as “lately painted by Mr Keyse at the age of 78 years." Keyse may have been born in 1721, which would give an approximate date of 1799 and probably before Keyse died on 8 February 1800; otherwise it would have said “painted by the late Mr Keyse.” Many of the paintings were auctioned by Peter Coxe, Burrell & Foster on Thursday, 4 August 1803, which would make a date of 1827 unlikely.

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

Edey’s annotated copy of Maurice Rheims, The Strange Life of Objects (New York, 1961) http://arcade.nyarc.org:80/record=b471740~S6

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

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. In November 2012, with the assistance of the Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica and the Center for Spain in America, we launched Collecting Spanish Art: Spain's Golden Age and America's Gilded Age, edited by Inge Reist and José Luis Colomer.

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

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.