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Drawing Stock Books



Drawing Stock Books



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Drawing stock books (which include watercolours) can be described in three sections:

[1] A run of nineteen volumes (1852-1988, NGA27/1/2/1-19) with the details of all stock acquired by Agnew's and ordered by the date acquired. Stock purchased jointly with one or more partners (prefixed 'J') can be found from volume 10.

[2] Two London branch volumes (1882-1900, NGA27/1/2/20-21) containing partially duplicated stock entries from [1], indexed by artist, and then by date received. To find the drawing's original date of acquisition, refer to the corresponding stock number entry in [1]. The primary purpose of these volumes was to keep track of the disposal of stock (for example, if it was transferred to another branch, location, or client).

[3] Two artist-specific stock books (1865-1987, NGA27/1/2/22-23):
a) Old Master Drawings (and other decorative objects) from Sir John Charles Robinson's Collection;
b) An index to all Turner drawings and watercolours to have passed through Agnew's between 1865-1987, copied across from volumes in [1].

For more general information about the information contained within these volumes, refer to the 'Stock Books' description at NGA27/1. Additional index(es) to artists within this volume can be found by referring to 'Indexes to Drawings' (NGA27/31/2).

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