The records of M. Knoedler &
Co. document the business of the prominent American art dealer from the mid-19th
century to 1971. The archive traces the development of the once provincial American
art market into one of the world's leading art centers and the formation of the
private art collections that would ultimately establish many of the nation's leading
art museums, such as the Frick Collection and the National Gallery of Art. It
contains crucial provenance information on numerous artworks in private and public
collections in the United States. The archive includes stock books, sales books and
commission books; correspondence with collectors, artists, art dealers and other
associates; photographs of the artworks sold by the gallery; records from the firm's
offices in London, Paris and other cities; exhibition files; framing and restoration
records, and records of the firm's Print Department.
M. Knoedler & Co. was a successor to the New York branch of Goupil & Co., an
extremely dynamic print-publishing house founded in Paris in 1827. Goupil's branches
in London, Berlin, Brussels, and The Hague, as well as New York, expanded the firm's
market in the sale of reproductive prints. The firm's office in New York-an
initiative of Léon Goupil, the son of Adolphe Goupil, Théodore Vibert, and the agent
William Schaus-was established in 1848 at 289 Broadway on the corner of Duane Street
near City Hall.
3042.6 Linear Feet
(5555 boxes, 17 flat file folders)
Contact Library Reproductions and Permissions.
Open for use by qualified researchers, with the following exceptions. Boxes 77,
262-264, 1308-1512, 1969-1974, 3592-3723 are restricted due to fragility. Box 4468
is restricted until 2075.