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Arthur Tooth and Sons

The firm of Arthur Tooth and Sons was founded in London in 1842. In 1866, they opened a new purpose-built gallery at 5 Haymarket. In February 1867, a notice in the Art Journal announced “A new gallery, recently built in the Haymarket, has been opened by Mr. Arthur Tooth, with a fair selection of water-colour drawings.” (63) The first advertisement for this “First Annual Winter Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings” at 5 Haymarket appeared in the Times on 4 December 1866 (1). A selection of the firm’s stock books are held at the Getty Research Institute. Bayer and Page have published the results of an extensive analysis of the transactions recorded in 1870 and 1871, in a revealing case study of the firm’s business model and the role of the professional art dealer in the period more generally.

Address: 5 Haymarket

Start Date: 1867 [1866]*

End Date: 1905

Other Locations:
175 New Bond St (1906-1908)
155 New Bond St (1909-at least 1914)

Dealer:  Arthur Tooth

Exhibition catalogues: National Art Library, London (1878-1976)


Bayer, Thomas M.  and John Page. “Arthur Tooth: A London Art Dealer in the Spotlight, 1870-71.” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 9/1 (Spring 2010). Accessed 20 August 2012.

Bayer, Thomas M. and John R. Page. The Development of the Art Market in England: Money as Muse, 1730-1900. London: Pickering and Chatto, 2011.

Fletcher, Pamela and Anne Helmreich. “Selected galleries, dealers and exhibition spaces in London, 1850-1939.” In The Rise of the Modern Art Market in London, 1850-1939. Eds. Pamela Fletcher and Anne Helmreich. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011. 310-311.

*The dates that appear in the heading are those identified as securely documented “start” and “end” dates when the map animation was created. Additional research has extended the time span that the gallery can be documented at this address.

Unless otherwise noted, the documentation of a gallery’s start and end dates at a location is drawn from listings in The Year’s Art.

How to cite:
Pamela Fletcher and David Israel, London Gallery Project, 2007; Revised September 2012.

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