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German, 17th century, male.

Active in Frankfurtc.1670.


Related to Abraham and Pierre Aubry. He engraved large numbers of plates for booksellers and for his own business (he was a dealer in engravings).


Sally Webster

(b West Overton, PA, Dec 19, 1849; d New York, Dec 2, 1919).

American industrialist, collector, and museum creator. Frick received little formal education and went to work at an early age as a bookkeeper. By the early 1870s he had earnt enough money to buy up coke fields in Western Pennsylvania, processing the coke in his own ovens. In a few short years he was the major supplier of fuel for Pittsburgh’s iron and steel industries and by the time he was 30 had earned his first million. In celebration he travelled to Europe with Andrew Mellon who, in 1937, would donate his collection and money for the establishment of Washington’s National Gallery of Art. In London they visited the Wallace Collection, which would later serve as prototype for Frick’s New York house–museum. After marrying Adelaide Howard Childs (1859–1931) on 15 December 1881, Frick bought and expanded Clayton, a 23-room home, now part of the Frick Art and Historical Center, Pittsburgh....


French, 17th century, male.

Born 12 May 1589, in Chartres; died 14 January 1647, in Paris.


This interesting artist, who was also a bookseller and art-dealer, has been most undeservedly neglected by biographers. He produced engravings that merit the enduring interest of connoisseurs, and had an influence on the artists of his era that seems to us to have gone unrecognised until now. He travelled in France, in England, in Italy and very probably in the Netherlands, acquiring as he went a reputation as an excellent connoisseur. In ...


German, 17th century, male.

Born c. 1600, in Frankfurt am Main; died 1665, in Frankfurt am Main.

Engraver, illustrator.

Le Blon was both a publisher and a dealer in decorative art. He often illustrated the books he published. He is known for his production of engravings of ornaments....


Dutch, 19th century, male.

Active in Amsterdam at the beginning of the 19th century.

Painter, draughtsman.

Maaskamp was also a dealer in books and engravings.


Japanese, 18th century, male.


Born in Osaka; died c. 1802.


Nichosai was a businessman and antique dealer. He was also an author and illustrator and is known for a collection of theatrical caricatures he published in 1780.


James Miller

revised by Molly Dorkin

Auction house founded in London by Samuel Baker (1713–78), a bookseller. His first recorded auction sale was of the library of Sir John Stanley on 11 March 1744 in the Great Room, over Exeter Exchange, in the Strand, London. While primarily selling books, from the start he included the fine arts. The business prospered, and Baker moved the firm to York Street, Covent Garden. His first sale there, in 1754, was of the library of the physician Dr Richard Mead, which was sold in two parts lasting 57 days and realized £5,508 10s. 11d. In 1767 Baker took George Leigh (1742–1816) into the firm, which then became Baker & Leigh. On Baker’s death in 1778, his nephew John Sotheby (1740–1807) inherited the business. The firm, renamed Leigh & Sotheby, continued to expand into other areas with the first of the seven sales of duplicate coins and books from the ...


German, 18th – 19th century, male.


The father of Joseph Steingrübel, Johann Steingrübel was an illuminator and also an art dealer in Munich.


Japanese, 19th century, male.

Active in Edo, now Tokyo.

Born 1777; died 1835.

Illustrator, print artist.

Toyokuni II (Kosotei) was the adopted son and diciple of Toyokuni. He worked in Edo as a ceramic dealer and executed female figures and book illustrations.

New York, 21 March 1989...


Italian, 16th century, male.

Born c. 1560, in Bologna.

Painter, engraver (burin), draughtsman, illustrator, art dealer. Portraits, urban landscapes.

Francesco Valesio is known for a number of his plates illustrating books. These include a series of hermits for Illustrium Anachoretorum Elogio by the Benedictine monk Jacobus Cavcius, published in Venice in ...


Malcolm Gee

(b St-Denis, Réunion, c. 1867; d Paris, Feb 19, 1939)

French art dealer and publisher. He was the most notable contemporary art dealer of his generation in France, as well as an innovative publisher of prints and illustrated books. Brought up in Réunion, he arrived in Paris c. 1890 as a law student and soon started buying and selling prints and drawings for his own pleasure. After a period working at L’Union Artistique for Alphonse Dumas, an established dealer, he set up on his own and in 1894 opened a small gallery near the Opéra on the Rue Laffitte, then the centre of the Paris art trade.

Vollard made his first major impact as a dealer in 1895 when he organized Cézanne’s first one-man exhibition. Over the next ten years he built up, at relatively low cost, a large stock of paintings by Cézanne, which eventually provided him with enormous profits. Concurrently he acquired work by van Gogh, Gauguin, Bonnard, ...