Paintings off the Peg: The Retail Sale of Paintings in Tudor and Early Stuart England

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By about 1700, England had finally arrived at a formal art market with auction houses, sales catalogues, and dealers. But a century earlier none of this existed. How did painters sell their paintings in the Tudor and early Stuart era, in what kind of premises did they do so, what kind of paintings did they sell, and to whom did they sell them?
Robert Tittler is ‘Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus’ at Concordia University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has published some 60 scholarly essays and 11 books, amongst the most recent of which are The Face of the City; Civic Portraiture and Civic Identity in Early Modern England (Manchester U. Press, 2007, 2012), and Painters, Portraits, and Publics in Provincial England, 1500-1640 (Oxford University Press, 2012, 2013). He currently works on what might be labelled the social history of Early Modern English art and architecture, and is writing a book to be entitled ‘Painting for a Living in Tudor and early Stuart England’.

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