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Finding-Aid for the Frits Lugt Collection (WTU00264)

Finding aid prepared by:
Special Collections Staff

Summary Information
Title: Frits Lugt. Collection,
Creator: Lugt, Frits, 1884-1970
Inclusive dates: 1918, 1922.
Extent: 2 items
Call number: WTU00264
Language: English
Repository: Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, MO 63130

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Art collector, cataloger and connoisseur of Netherlandish drawings and prints, Lugt was a precocious author and artist who became a partner with the Frederik Muller auction house in Amsterdam in 1901 at the tender age of 17. Author of a biography on Rembrandt, the four volume Répertoire des Catalogues de Ventes Publiques (published in 1938, 1953, 1964, and 1987), Lugt also published what is considered one of the most important collector’s guides to marks and stamps, Les Marques de Collections de Dessins et d’Estampes . He would then go on to compile the inventory of all Dutch and Flemish drawings in the Louvre. After fleeing his country during World War II, Lugt went to America, where he taught at Oberlin College.

Collection Scope and Content Note

Scope and Contents Note

1918: August 12. Autograph letter signed, from Lugt to Dr. Max Goldstein, commenting on the differences between their respective books on collector’s marks and expressing doubt that a joint supplement could be written. ALS 2 pp. 1922: April 11. Autograph postcard signed, from Lugt to Dr. Max Goldstein, thanking him for his letter of praise after the publication of Lugt’s book, Les Marques de collections de Dessins and d’Estampes . A. postal S 1p.

Subject Terms

  • Lugt, Frits, 1884-1970