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British Models of Art Collecting and the American Response: Reflections Across the Pond

Inge Reist



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12 October 2017
The Arts: General & Reference; History of art & design styles: c 1800 to c 1900; Museum, historic sites, gallery & art guides
British Models of Art Collecting and the American Response - Reflections Across the Pond presents 14 essays by distinguished art - and cultural - historians. Collectively, they examine points of similarity and difference in the approaches to art collecting practiced in Britain and the United States. Unlike most of their Continental European counterparts, the English and Americans have historically been exceptionally open to collecting the art made by and for other cultures. At the same time, they developed a tradition of opening private collections to a public eager for educational and cultural advancement. Approximately half the essays examine the trends and market forces that dominated the British art collecting scene of the nineteenth century, such as the Orleans sale and the shift away from aristocratic collections to those of the new urban merchant class. The essays that focus on American collectors use biographical sketches of collectors and dealers, as well as case studies of specific transactions to demonstrate how collectors in the United States embraced and embellished on the British model to develop their own, often philanthropic approach to art collecting.
Edited by:   Inge Reist
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 173mm, 
Weight:   567g
ISBN:   9781138310346
ISBN 10:   1138310344
Series:   The Histories of Material Culture and Collecting, 1700-1950
Pages:   282
Publication Date:   12 October 2017
Audience:   College/higher education ,  College/higher education ,  Primary ,  Primary
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Inge Reist, PhD Columbia University, is Director of the Center for the History of Collecting, The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library, New York.

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