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Current Collections

Art Purchase Files, 1881-1921, undated

Consisting of invoices and financial documents, correspondence with art dealers, banks, advisers, and others, notes, and printed material, these materials document Henry Clay Frick’s art acquisitions from 1881 through his death in 1919.

Requests to visit Frick's gallery at One East 70th Street, 1914-1919, undated

Requests to visit Frick’s gallery were made by individuals and groups who wished to see the collection while it was still housed in a private residence, and provide some insight into the extent to which Frick allowed the public to view his collection. Copies of Frick’s replies, either confirming or denying the request, are sometimes included. At other times, a penciled note designating the day of the visit appears on the request.


Bill Book No. 2, 1897-1916

Contains invoices, correspondence, provenance information, telegrams, and newspaper clippings, with an index in the front of the volume. This volume documents purchases and other art-related matters from 1897-1916. Correspondents include Pascal-Adolphe-Jean Dagnan-Bouveret, William A. Coffin, Duveen Brothers, Ehrich Galleries, Roger Fry, Charles Knoedler and Roland Knoedler of M. Knoedler and Co., Joseph Lindon Smith, Edmund Tarbell, and Fritz Thaulow.

Bill Book No. 1, 1881-1900

Contains invoices, correspondence, provenance information, telegrams, and newspaper clippings, with an index in the front of the volume. The bulk of the book concerns purchases made from 1895-1898, but also also documents acquisitions made in the 1880s. Correspondents include Jules Breton, Charles Carstairs and Roland Knoedler of M. Knoedler & Co., Jean Charles Cazin, Francis Davis Millet, Arthur Tooth, and Edmond Simon.


Catalogs and Works Exhibited, 1906-[1925]

This series contains information about paintings loaned for public exhibition at museums, galleries, societies, and for fundraising purposes during the first World War. Among the institutions to whom Frick lent paintings are the Metropolitan Museum of Art and M. Knoedler & Co., both in New York, and the Museum of Fine Arts and the Copley Society, both located in Boston.  This series also contains published and unpublished catalogs of Frick's collection.