The last release of images from the A.C. Cooper Archive of glass plate and nitrate negatives, as well as polyester “interpositives,” is now available in ARTstor. There are now more than 10,000 images in the collection, with a particular focus on paintings, but also including prints and drawings. Established in 1918, A. C. Cooper was one of the first companies to specialize in photographing works of art in galleries, auction houses, museums, and private collections. The Frick Art Reference Library maintained a subscription to A. C. Cooper’s photographs of lots offered for sale at Sotheby’s and Christie’s from 1920 to 1937. These images serve as “illustrations” for many of the unillustrated catalogs in the Library’s collection. They also provide a visual record of rarely published artworks as they passed through London art auctions during the 1920s and 30s, often in transit from one private collection to another.

To view A.C. Cooper and Related Archives (Frick Art Reference Library): go to the ARTstor Digital Library, browse by collection, and click “A.C. Cooper and Related Archives (Frick Art Reference Library)”; or enter the Keyword Search: frick cooper.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the A.C. Cooper and Related Archives (Frick Art Reference Library) page.