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This book gives a comprehensive account of the history and underlying economics of the modern art market in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain.
Table of ContentsIntroduction
1 The Early Stages: From the Netherlands to Great Britiain
2 The Commoditization of Theories of Art
3 The Painter as Homo Economicus
4 Critics and Auctions
5 The Evolution of Picture-Dealing
6 The Victorian Era
7 'Working the Oracle': The Tools of the Trade
8 The Formation of a Nexus: A Story of Christies
9 Commoditization and the Artist as Producer: Product Differentiation and the Domestication of Pictures
10 The End of the 'Golden Age'
11 Postscript: A Perpetual Innovative Whirl