Potted Histories: the Omega Workshops adverts campaign in The Burlington Magazine, 1913-1919

Alexis Clark, Visiting Assistant Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Denison University (Ohio), is currently researching on Fry and the Omega Workshops. This fascinating and thoroughly researched piece is an excerpt from her forthcoming work, and it has been written exclusively for the Burlington Index Blog.  Clark’s discussion of the Omega Workshops’ advertisements in The … Continue reading Potted Histories: the Omega Workshops adverts campaign in The Burlington Magazine, 1913-1919

Margaret Jourdain and The Burlington Magazine

In June 1903, when the Burlington Magazine was only 3 months old, it published a detailed article on the lace collection of Mabel Chermside, ‘Mrs. Alfred Morrison’. This was a detailed and richly illustrated account, which distinguished different kinds of laces, stiches and points. The article was a perfect example of the new art historical … Continue reading Margaret Jourdain and The Burlington Magazine

‘I’ll give the magazine £100 and you can do what you dam [sic] well please with it’, Lockett Agnew advertises in The Burlington Magazine

In its years of operation as an independently funded publication the Burlington has often needed to seek private sponsorship, right from the times of its inception in 1903 and throughout its history.[1] The challenge was, then as now, how to gain financial support without relinquishing the journal’s intellectual independence. The Burlington (which has run as Charitable … Continue reading ‘I’ll give the magazine £100 and you can do what you dam [sic] well please with it’, Lockett Agnew advertises in The Burlington Magazine

New digitisation project: the Agnew’s stock books

As the Burlington Magazine project of cataloguing and indexing dealers advertisements is well under way, we are pleased to hear that other projects flourish too. We have received this communication from Richard Wragg, Archivist at the National Gallery, and we are happy to share it with our readers: The National Gallery has recently digitised eleven … Continue reading New digitisation project: the Agnew’s stock books

Record prices, bargain sales and the complications of dealing with Duveen: the early 20th century history of art dealers Dowdeswell’s in the pages of The Burlington Magazine

The advertisements that Dowdeswell’s published in The Burlington Magazine throughout the first two decades of the 20th century are a significant, and until now, untapped resource. Not only do they enable us to position this leading gallery within the trade surrounding the sale of old masters, but they also make it possible to demonstrate why … Continue reading Record prices, bargain sales and the complications of dealing with Duveen: the early 20th century history of art dealers Dowdeswell’s in the pages of The Burlington Magazine

Anarchy and art dealing in Paris: Robert Dell (1865-1940), first Editor of The Burlington Magazine.

Roger Fry is famously associated with the inception of The Burlington Magazine, but credit must also be given to its first Editor, Robert Dell [photographed here]. A Christian socialist writer in London, then Anarchist art dealer in Paris, and finally exiled political journalist in America, Dell’s life was lived outside a conventional professional path and … Continue reading Anarchy and art dealing in Paris: Robert Dell (1865-1940), first Editor of The Burlington Magazine.

Conference Report: Friend or Foe: Art and the Market in the Nineteenth Century (The Hague, May 21-22, 2015)

Last month the Burlington Index Project was presented by the Index Editor to a distinguished audience, the conference Friend or Foe: Art and the Market in the Nineteenth Century (The Hague, May 21-22, 2015).  The Burlington Index Blog received a report on the conference by one of its organisers, Dr. Jan Dirk Baetens, and, as … Continue reading Conference Report: Friend or Foe: Art and the Market in the Nineteenth Century (The Hague, May 21-22, 2015)

The Burlington Magazine as tool for the study of the art market

In the Burlington Magazine (especially in the first 50 years of its existence) there is a wealth of material to aid the study of the art market. Not only, as expected, the Old Masters paintings market, but also the trade for contemporary art, especially British. This blog post wants to show how our current digital … Continue reading The Burlington Magazine as tool for the study of the art market

‘Things of beauty, Joys for ever’: The Connoisseur Magazine 1901-1951

The Connoisseur (originally subtitled ‘An Illustrated Magazine for Collectors’) was born in September 1901. It survived nearly the entire course of the twentieth century, before passing away in February 1992. It was a British magazine, but it was also published in America. As the first editor acknowledged in the first edition, a magazine ‘devoted to … Continue reading ‘Things of beauty, Joys for ever’: The Connoisseur Magazine 1901-1951

The Burlington Magazine and the ‘Tate Bricks’ Controversy

by James Brown In 1972, the Tate Gallery bought for an ‘undeclared sum’  - although later revealed to be £2,297 - [1] the 1966 sculpture by Carl Andre, Equivalent VIII (also referred to here by its Tate catalogue reference T.1534). In April 1976, The Burlington Magazine published an editorial which questioned the Tate’s decision to … Continue reading The Burlington Magazine and the ‘Tate Bricks’ Controversy