Victor D. Spark papers, circa 1830-1983

Spark, Victor D. (Victor David), b. 1898 d. 1991
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 22 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Files on clients, galleries, museums, dealers and other business associates; artists' files; financial and legal records; and printed material.

Included are extensive files (9 ft.) on clients, galleries, museums, dealers, and other business associates, containing correspondence, business records, and appraisal notes, 1895-1981 (bulk 1950s-1970s); artists' files (9 ft.), containing photographs of art works, clients' letters, and notes, 1905-1983; tax records, 1960-1962; auction price lists, 1976-1979; bills and receipts, 1930-1980; banking records, 1953-1973; check stubs and cancelled checks, 1961-1972; general ledgers, 1948-1971; cash outlay ledgers, 1956-1970; sales ledgers, 1949-1971; consignment records, 1949-1955; restoration and framing records, 1947-1953; ledgers for the account with James Graham and Sons, 1953-1969; stock books, 1951-1960; a ledger for a trip to Switzerland, 1970;

legal files concerning Rauch vs. Internal Revenue Service, 1970, and Kaufman vs. Phoenix (Travellers) Insurance Co., 1971; engagement calendars logging appointments and brief annotations, 1948-1973; clippings, 1973-1982; exhibition and auction catalogs, 1949-1973; and newsletters and bulletins, 1948-1982. Also included are miscellaneous 19th century printed items, including:
"Essays Upon Art at the Lyceum Gallery", 1849, "On Viewing and Judging Pictures", 1854, "The Ceremony of the Laying of the Corner-Stone of the National Academy of Design", 1864, "Lectures Delivered at the National Academy of Design" by Charles Edwards, "Pictures on Exhibition at Goupils", 1865, an untitled description of a print collection purchased by James L. Claghorn, 1869, and "The First American Art Academy", 1872, which relates the history of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In addition, there is a letter, 1924, from Ruth Moran to Mr. Schultheis enclosing a photograph of a Thomas Moran painting signed and attested by Moran.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art dealer, appraiser; New York, N.Y.

Purchased at auction jointly by AAA and National Gallery of Art, July 1987. Photographs of works of art pertaining to NGA's collection were retained by NGA. Nineteenth century printed material and Moran letter donated 1954 by Spark.Three letters transferred from National Gallery of Art in 1996.

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