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Arthur Tooth & Sons stock inventories and accounts, 1871-1959
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Related Collections
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Arthur Tooth & Sons stock inventories and accounts,
    Date (inclusive): 1871-1959
    Number: 860679
    Creator/Collector: Arthur Tooth & Sons
    Physical Description: 36.0 volumes
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Art dealer, based in London. Records comprise an incomplete series of stock inventories of the main London branch of the firm, 1871-1941, and 2 volumes from the New York branch, 1906-1924.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Arthur Tooth, the son of a framer, made his fortune selling etchings to wealthy Victorian patrons. Arthur Tooth & Sons was founded in London, in 1842, with galleries in Haymarket. In its first years, the firm dealt primarily in 18th and early 19th- century British paintings and drawings. After circa 1880, contemporary paintings and occasional old masters were increasingly added to stock. Other works of art and artefacts, such as china, furniture, and books, begin to be listed in the stock inventories after 1892. In the early 1900s, the firm opened a subsidiary branch in New York and closed it in 1924.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

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    Preferred Citation

    Arthur Tooth & Sons stock inventories and accounts, 1871-1959, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 860679.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1986.

    Processing History

    Processed by J. Gibbs

    Related Collections

    Later Tooth stockbooks for the London office are in private hands, in London.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Tooth records comprise a continuous and incomplete series of stock inventories of the main London branch of the firm from 1871-1941. Inventories include detailed listings of purchases made and sales completed. Paintings sales are listed until 1945 and details of sales to 1957 are furnished in annotations in the latest stock inventory. An associated series of consignments, 1929-1959, provides information on works consigned to the firm by practising artists, private owners, and commercial enterprises. The accounts of the London branch for 1913-1937 and 1942-1945 are chronicled in a series of 9 ledgers. The collection includes records of the New York branch of the firm; stock inventories, 1906-1912, and accounts, 1919-1924. There appears to have been regular movement of paintings between the two branches until the New York subsidiary closed in 1924. Records of a Paris subsidiary of the firm are not represented in this collection.

    Arrangement note

    Arranged in 4 series: Series I. London branch stock inventories, 1871-1945, 1957; Series II. London branch consignments, 1928-1959; Series III. London branch accounts 1913-1937, 1942-1945; Series IV. New York branch, 1906-1912

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Smith, Matthew, 1879-1959

    Subjects - Corporate Bodies

    Arthur Tooth & Sons
    Tooth Galleries, London
    Tooth Paintings, London

    Subjects - Topics

    Art dealers--Great Britain
    Art dealers--United States
    Art--Collectors and collecting
    Decorative arts--Europe

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Account books
    Merchandise inventories