Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Sir William Agnew, 1st Bt (1825-1910), Art dealer
A friend and supporter of Gladstone, Agnew also helped form great private art collections of the age, including those of Henry Tate and Lord Iveagh. He promoted many leading painters and dominated the art market for thirty years.  On being created baronet he was described as ‘the greatest art publisher and dealer in England’.  Despite ‘hard-headed and brilliant business abilities’, he was also a ‘sympathetic and imaginative individual’ with a keen eye for saleable pictures, who was the ‘pivot of many artists’ careers’. 
In 1888, Agnew was described as ‘a handsome man just past the prime of life, a fine type of the robust English gentleman … with the air of a man fully aware of his own importance. He is the recognised head of the trade, the Grand Mogul of picture-trade-land’. 
Dr Jan Marsh
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Referencesback to topAgnew 1967
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