Journal Article

The inventories of the English royal collection, <i>temp</i>. James II

Andrew Barclay

in Journal of the History of Collections

Volume 22, issue 1, pages 1-13
Published in print May 2010 | ISSN: 0954-6650
Published online June 2009 | e-ISSN: 1477-8564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhc/fhp031
The inventories of the English royal collection, temp. James II

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The listing of the paintings and sculptures belonging to King James II survives in three different manuscripts, one of which has only recently been correctly identified as such. An online appendix outlines the contents of this newly identified manuscript and explains how it can be used to establish which works were located in which rooms. Each of the three versions of this list is substantially different from the other two and only by considering them together can they be used to maximum advantage. Most previous scholars have failed to realize that the version they have usually used is the one which contains the least information about how the collection was displayed within the various royal palaces. Taken together, these documents can also shed light on when, how and why the inventories were produced.

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Subjects: Exhibition Catalogues and Specific Collections ; History of Art ; Social and Cultural History

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