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A Finding Aid to the Richard York Gallery records, circa 1865-2005, bulk 1981-2004

Richard York Gallery records, circa 1865-2005, bulk 1981-2004

Richard York Gallery

Collection Information

Size: 89.5 linear feet

Summary: The records of the Richard York Gallery, a New York gallery specializing in American art from early 1800s to 1950, measure 79.3 linear feet and date from circa 1865-2005, with the bulk of the material dating from 1981 to 2004. Three-fourths of the records are artists' artwork files, documenting the sale and consignment of nearly 6,500 works of art. The gallery's activities are also recorded through correspondence, client files, gallery invoices, inventories, business and financial records, printed materials, scrapbooks, photographic materials of artwork, and estate records for the John Marin estate and Sergio Stella estate (Joseph Stella).

Biographical/Historical Note

Richard York Gallery (established 1981; closed 2004) was an art gallery, New York, New York. Founded in New York's Upper East Side in 1981 by Richard York. The gallery handled the estates of John Marin and Joseph Stella, among other prominent American artists. Specializes in late 19th and early 20th century American art. York was also an important dealer in the secondary market, and the records testify to the art boom of the 1980s.


The Richard York Gallery records were donated to the Archives of American Art in 2006 by Kevin Scott, the executor of Richard York's estate and in 2015 by Lisa Bush Hankin, former gallery director.


Funding for the processing of this collection was provided by Smithsonian Institution's Collections Care Fund.