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Corporate author Peter H. Davidson & Co., Inc.
Title Peter H. Davidson & Co., Inc. Records, 1942-1991 (bulk 1970-1984).
Description 11.5 linear feet (24 boxes, 1 oversize folder).
Arrangement The collection is arranged in five series: Series I: Subject Files, Series II: Edward Sprague Jones Correspondence, Series III: Artist Files, Series IV: Stock Books, and Series V: M. Knoedler & Co., Inc. Material.
Location Call Number Vol./Copy Status Information
 Frick Archives  MS.004    AVAILABLE BY APPT
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Summary The Peter H. Davidson & Co., Inc. Records provide a picture of an independent art dealer operating a gallery in New York during the 1970s and 1980s. The Artist Files series forms the bulk of the collection and contains information about artwork handled by Peter Davidson's gallery. Each file usually includes a photograph, description, and provenance of the artwork, and in some cases research notes, correspondence or invoices. The stock books are closely related to this series, containing photographs, descriptions, and artwork provenance.
The Subject Files, predominantly composed of correspondence, document the business interests of the gallery. The files generally concern attempts to sell or acquire artwork and contain information about appraisals, consignments, sales, and loans. Also included are letters from Edward Sprague Jones, Davidson's employee, concerning his attempts to find prospective art pieces or purchasers. The final series contains materials originating from M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., including artist files, research files, two account ledgers, and two files regarding personal art collections.
Cite as Peter H. Davidson & Co., Inc. Records. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Source of acquisition Gift of Peter H. Davidson, 1993.
Related collections Peter H. Davidson & Co., Inc. Weir Records, Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Biographical/historical note Peter Hamilton Davidson began his career at the New York art gallery, M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., as Assistant to the Head of the American Department. In 1968, Davidson succeeded his father as Head of the American Department and was named Vice President of M. Knoedler & Co. In 1969, Davidson joined the firm of Wildenstein & Co. as Head of the American Department. He left Wildenstein in 1971 to form his own art gallery, Peter H. Davidson & Co., Inc. Davidson's gallery dealt primarily with American art from all periods and many prominent works were handled, including paintings by Albert Bierstadt, Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, and Andrew Wyeth.
Finding aids Available online and in repository.
Other subject Davidson, Peter H.
LC subject Jones, Edward Sprague.
Other subject Peter H. Davidson & Co., Inc.
LC subject Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York.
Art dealers -- New York (State)
Genre/Form Photographs.
Artist files.
Other author Davidson, Peter H.
WorldCat no. 608549012

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