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Algernon Graves

(1845-1922), Art historian; son of Henry Graves

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 4 portraits
An art sales and art exhibition documenter who created reference sources that began the modern discipline of provenance research. Graves began working for his father's company Henry Graves & Co., researching for catalogues that the company published. During a period of recovery following an injury, he had the idea of creating a catalogue of art that was exhibited in London, from his extensive lists of artists and their works that he had compiled while working on other projects. In 1884 he published A Dictionary of Artists who have Exhibited Works in the Principal London Exhibitions from 1760 to 1880. When his father died in 1892, Graves took over the business until his retirement in 1907.

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Algernon Graves, by Alexander Zeitlin - NPG 1937

Algernon Graves

by Alexander Zeitlin
plaster cast of bust, 1901 or 1904
NPG 1937

Algernon Graves, by Edmund John Passingham - NPG x15143

Algernon Graves

by Edmund John Passingham
platinum print, before 1897
NPG x15143

'Directors and Staff of Henry Graves & Co Ltd', by Unknown photographer - NPG x36150

'Directors and Staff of Henry Graves & Co Ltd'

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, circa 1900
NPG x36150

Algernon Graves, by Fred Roe - NPG D43117

Algernon Graves

by Fred Roe
pen and ink and wash, 9 October 1918
NPG D43117

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