Studies in the History of Collections
Auctions, Agents and Dealers
The mechanisms of the Art Market 1660-1830
In recent years the Wallace Collection has begun to develop more actively its profile as a leading centre for the study of this history of collecting, especially, but not exclusively, in Britain and France during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This conference, which took place at the Wallace Collection on 12-13 December 2003, set out to examine aspects of seventeenth to early nineteenth-century collecting from the perspective of the art market, including the mechamisms devised to create clients and markets, the networks set up by agents and dealers, and collectors' relationships with dealers and the market.