Papers of J.C.Isaac

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers and correspondence of John Coleman Isaac, largely relating to his work as a dealer in antiques and fine art objects. Personal correspondence: letters between Isaac, his wife, Sarah, and other members of his family, together with correspondence with his servant Mary Mundy [?], 1829, 1846-51 and 1859. Files of business correspondence with R.Bernal, 1834-41; H.A.Langley, c.1827-8; Sir S.R.Meyrick, 1831-42; Mr Murray, 1821-2 and 1830; Isaac Abrahams, 1830-7; L.Goetz, c.1836-49; and Mutzenbacher, Hamburg, 1822-57. Letters addressed to 41 Craven Street, London, the headquarters of Isaac's business, including letters of Sarah Davies, later Isaac's wife, 1822-7. General business correspondence, 1829-58, together with a file of letters from Germany, 1821-57; Hebrew correspondence, two files, 1819-37. Isaac's licence to sell gold and silver plate, 1829; copies of his business card, advertisement, passport, and his waste book.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Coleman Isaac was a dealer in antiques and fine art objects. E.T.Joy, 'John Coleman Isaac: an early nineteenth century London antique dealer' The Connoisseur 151 (1962) pp. 241-4, discusses his trade.

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