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Offers Rejected: Filed by Owner (Collections)



Offers Rejected: Filed by Owner (Collections)



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A group of letters to the National Gallery from members of the public and art dealers, offering a collection of artworks or asking for information on major collection.

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Administrative history

Since its foundation in 1824, the National Gallery has received from members of the public or art dealers offers of pictures for sale or donation. In some cases, the offers are presented to the Board of Trustees for decision. However, in many cases the decision was made by the Keeper or Director, acting under his own authority.

Some of the pictures offered to and rejected by the National Gallery have subsequently become part of major public collections.

Custodial history

These letters were received by the Gallery 1849-1904. At some point they were separated from the rest of the Archive, and held within the Library in Box A, 7, 4 and 6; Box XI, 6, 6 and 7 and Box A XI, 3, 36. They were transferred back to the Archive in 2002.

Related material

Similar correspondence is filed in: NG5 Letters 1823-1877 NG7 Letters read at Board meetings 1877-1914 NG38 Offers rejected: British artists 1840-1904 NG39 Offers rejected: filed by owner 1836-1904 NG16 Registry series 1913-1987 [especially files: NG16/158.1-128: 1913-1987 and NG16/291: 1913-1921] NG1 minutes of the Board of Trustees, where some offers were discussed NG9 Register of Offers, 1878-1920

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