Colnaghi and Company

15 Old Bond Street
London
W1S 4AX

The gallery was founded in 1760 by Giovanni Battista Torre but it was not until Paul Colnaghi took control in 1788 that it began its rise to prominence. The business became the major British dealer in fine engravings, receiving a Royal Warrant from George IV.

In 1805 Dominic Colnaghi, Paul's eldest son, became a partner in the firm, which then traded as P. & D. Colnaghi. Both Colnaghi's were widely recognised as fair traders and knowledgable authorities. Despite a wider involvement in the acquisition and disposal of works of art and antiquity the core of the business remained centred on high quality reproductions. The gallery was among the first to recognise the medium of photography and held a sale of the work of Julia Margaret Cameron in 1863. Dealing in prints ceased as recently as 1989.

In 1912 the firm was renamed P. & D. Colnaghi & Obach and in 1914 P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. It became a limited company in 1937. The firm has handled some of the most important sales of works of art in the 20th century, including that of works from the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, in 1930-31.

In 1982 an affliated company was established in New York and in 1992 a branch of the London firm opened in Paris.

Source: official history (http://www.colnaghi.co.uk/history.htm)
 
Works of Art: 65
Books: 17
Archives: 3
Works associated with

Quai de Montebello, Paris   
Quai de Montebello, Paris
Stanley Anderson
  

Quai Duperre, La Rochelle   
Quai Duperre, La Rochelle
Stanley Anderson
  

La Lieutenance, Honfleur   
La Lieutenance, Honfleur
Stanley Anderson
  

Dürer's House, Nürnberg   
Dürer's House, Nürnberg
Stanley Anderson
  

St Nicholas, Prague   
St Nicholas, Prague
Stanley Anderson
  

Within the Ramparts, St Malo   
Within the Ramparts, St Malo
Stanley Anderson
  
 

Les Arcades, Dieppe   
Les Arcades, Dieppe
Stanley Anderson
  

The Basket Maker   
The Basket Maker
Stanley Anderson
  

The Country Pedlar   
The Country Pedlar
Stanley Anderson
  

The Violin Maker   
The Violin Maker
Stanley Anderson
  

'Old Father Time', of Wiltshire   
'Old Father Time', of Wiltshire
Stanley Anderson
  

Trimming Stakes   
Trimming Stakes
Stanley Anderson
  
 

Hyden, the Old Shepherd   
Hyden, the Old Shepherd
Stanley Anderson
  

The Thatcher   
The Thatcher
Stanley Anderson
  

Daisy and Her Foal   
Daisy and Her Foal
Stanley Anderson
  

Three Good Friends   
Three Good Friends
Stanley Anderson
  

Good Companions   
Good Companions
Stanley Anderson
  

Between Tides, Dieppe   
Between Tides, Dieppe
Stanley Anderson
  
 

Making the Gate   
Making the Gate
Stanley Anderson
  

Shelter   
Shelter
Stanley Anderson
  

The Smith   
The Smith
Stanley Anderson
  

False Gods   
False Gods
Stanley Anderson
  

Trimming and Faggotting   
Trimming and Faggotting
Stanley Anderson
  

Hot Chestnuts   
Hot Chestnuts
Stanley Anderson
  
 

Tree Fellers   
Tree Fellers
Stanley Anderson
  

Peasants going to Market   
Peasants going to Market
1 August 1802
Francesco Bartolozzi
  

The Antique School at Old...   
The Antique School at Old...
1779
Edward Francis Burney
  

The Antique School at New...   
The Antique School at New...
ca. 1780
Edward Francis Burney
  

Psyche conveyed from the Rock...   
Psyche conveyed from the Rock...
7 November 1821
A.E. Chalon
  

Sketch of Michelangelo's Taddei Tondo   
Sketch of Michelangelo's Taddei Tondo
1st July 1830
John Constable
  
 

'Le Camere di S. Paolo,...   
'Le Camere di S. Paolo,...
Correggio
  

'Arabesques and coloured Stuccoes of...   
'Arabesques and coloured Stuccoes of...
Giulio Romano
  

'Galleria de' Marmi.'   
'Galleria de' Marmi.'
Giulio Romano
  

'Decorations of the Uffizio della...   
'Decorations of the Uffizio della...
Giulio Romano
  

'The Casino and Terra Cottas.'   
'The Casino and Terra Cottas.'
Giulio Romano
  

'Decorations of the Hall of...   
'Decorations of the Hall of...
Giulio Romano
  
 

'Decorations on the Arched Ceilings...   
'Decorations on the Arched Ceilings...
Giulio Romano
  

'Decorations on the Arched Ceilings...   
'Decorations on the Arched Ceilings...
Giulio Romano
  

'Details of the Decorations in...   
'Details of the Decorations in...
Various
  

'Mural Decorations of the Transept.'   
'Mural Decorations of the Transept.'
Various
  

'The Groined Ceiling of the...   
'The Groined Ceiling of the...
Various
  

'South Front of the Vestibule.'   
'South Front of the Vestibule.'
Various
  
 

'The principal Front of the...   
'The principal Front of the...
Various
  

Life mask portrait of Sir...   
Life mask portrait of Sir...
April 1830
Richard Lane
  

'The Monastero Maggiore at Milan....   
'The Monastero Maggiore at Milan....
Bernardino Luini
  

'Palazzo Martinengo, in Brescia by...   
'Palazzo Martinengo, in Brescia by...
Moretto
  

'Paintings of the Ceiling A,...   
'Paintings of the Ceiling A,...
Baldassare Peruzzi
  

Title-page   
Title-page
Baldassare Peruzzi
  
 

'The Groined Ceiling of the...   
'The Groined Ceiling of the...
Bernardino (di Betto) Pinturicchio
  

'Liberia of the Cathedral of...   
'Liberia of the Cathedral of...
Bernardino (di Betto) Pinturicchio
  

'Details of the Decorations of...   
'Details of the Decorations of...
Raphael
  

Decoration of the Arched Ceiling...   
Decoration of the Arched Ceiling...
Raphael
  

Decoration of the Arched Ceiling...   
Decoration of the Arched Ceiling...
Raphael
  

'Decoration of the Dome A.'   
'Decoration of the Dome A.'
Raphael
  
 

Longitudinal Section of the Loggia.   
Longitudinal Section of the Loggia.
Raphael
  

Section of Part of the...   
Section of Part of the...
Raphael
  

Lavinia, Countess Spencer   
Lavinia, Countess Spencer
Joshua Reynolds
  

Lavinia, Countess Spencer   
Lavinia, Countess Spencer
Joshua Reynolds
  

'Ceilings and Details in the...   
'Ceilings and Details in the...
Unknown artist
  

'Ceiling and Frieze in the...   
'Ceiling and Frieze in the...
Unknown artist
  
 

'Ceiling in the Villa Poniatowski.'   
'Ceiling in the Villa Poniatowski.'
Unknown artist
  

'Decorations of various Groined Ceilings.'   
'Decorations of various Groined Ceilings.'
Various
  

'Decorations of the Groined Ceiling...   
'Decorations of the Groined Ceiling...
Various
  

'The Ceiling of the Vestibule,...   
'The Ceiling of the Vestibule,...
Various
  

'North Front of the Vestibule.'   
'North Front of the Vestibule.'
Various
  

Hamilton, Edward   A Catalogue Raisonné Of The Engraved Works Of Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. From 1755 To 1820. To Which Is Added A Short Biographical Sketch of each Engraver. By Edward Hamilton, M.D. F.L.S. &c. - London: 1874. All Rights reserved.   
07/1008   
Cotton, William, M.A., F.S.A.   Sir Joshua Reynolds, And His Works. Gleanings From His Diary, Unpublished Manuscripts, And From Other Sources. By William Cotton, M.A., Of The University Of Oxford. Edited By John Burnet, F.R.S., Author Of "Practical Hints On Painting," "Rembrandt & His Works," &c. - - London:, Plymouth: 1856.   
07/908   
A Descriptive Catalogue Of The Prints Of Rembrandt. By An Amateur.   - London: 1836.   
07/177   
Grüner, Ludwig   The Decorations Of The Garden-Pavilion In The Grounds Of Buckingham Palace. - Engraved Under The Superintendence Of L. Gruner, Author Of "Fresco Decoration In Italy During The 15th. and 16th. Centuries," &c. &c.; Member Of The Soc. Di Cora. Archa. Of Rome, Of The Athenæum Of Brescia, And Hony. And Corg. Member Of The Royal Society Of Architects Of London. With An Introduction By Mrs. Jameson. - London: [1846]   
06/5747   
Brockedon, William   Illustrations Of The Passes Of The Alps, By Which Italy Communicates With France, Switzerland, And Germany. By William Brockedon, Member Of The Academy Of Fine Arts At Florence. Volume The First, Containing The Little Saint Bernard, The Mont Genèvre, The Mont Cenis, The Mont Gothard, The Great Saint Bernard, And The Monte Stelvio. (Volume The Second, Containing The Cornice, The Grimsel And The Gries, The Bernardin And The Splugen, The Brenner, The Tende And The Argentière, And The Simplon.) - London: [1828 (- 1829)]   
06/4977   
Byres, James   Hypogæi, Or Sepulchral Caverns Of Tarquinia, The Capital Of Antient Etruria. By The Late James Byres, Esq., Of Tonley, Aberdeenshire, Nearly Fifty Years Antiquarian Resident At Rome, Prior To 1790. - Edited By Frank Howard, Author Of "The Spirit Of Shakspeare," "Sketcher's Manual," "Science Of Drawing," Etc. - - London: [1842].   
06/4469   
Soane, John, R.A.   Designs For Public And Private Buildings, By John Soane, Professor Of Architecture In The Royal Academy, One Of The Architects Attached To His Majesty's Office Of Works, Architect To The Bank Of England, F.R.S. - R.A. - F.S.A. Member Of The Academies Of Painting, Sculpture, And Architecture, In Parma And Florence. [Epigraph] - [London:] [1828]   
06/4160   
Notices Of The Life And Works Of Titian.   - London: 1829.   
06/3643   
Cooke, Edward William, R.A.   Views Of The Old And New London Bridges. Drawn And Etched By Edward William Cooke. With Scientific And Historical Notices Of The Two Bridges; Practical Observations On The Tides Of The River Thames; And A Concise Essay On Bridges, From The Earliest Period; &c. &c. Derived From Information, Contributed Exclusively For This Work, By George Rennie, Esq. F.R.S. F.A.S. &c. &c. [Epigraph] - London: 1833.   
06/3459   
Lewis's Illustrations of Constantinople made during a Residence in that City &c. in the Years 1835-6. Arranged and drawn on Stone from the original Sketches of Coke Smyth By John F. Lewis.   - London [1838]   
06/1132   
I Freschi Nella Cappella Della Villa Magliana Fuori Di Porta Portese Di Roma Inventati Da Raffaelle Sanzio D'Urbino. Incisi Sui Lucidi Ed Edite Da Ludovico Gruner. Con Descrizione Della Villa Di Ernesto Platner.   - Londra: [1847]   
06/513   
Cumberland, George   An Essay On The Utility Of Collecting The Best Works Of The Ancient Engravers Of The Italian School; Accompanied By A Critical Catalogue, With Interesting Anecdotes Of The Engravers, Of A Chronological Series Of rare And Valuable Prints, From The Earliest Practice Of The Art In Italy To The Year 1549, Now Deposited In The British Museum and Royal Academy, In London, By George Cumberland. - London. 1827.   
05/2772   
Subjects by Edwin Landseer. Etched by John Landseer, Thomas Landseer, and Edwin Landseer   - [London:] Nov. 8th. 1852. Publishers to her Majesty.   
05/1218   
Ottley, William Young   A Series Of Plates, Engraved After The Paintings And Sculptures Of The Most Eminent Masters Of The Early Florentine School; Intended To Illustrate The History Of The Restoration Of The Arts Of Design In Italy; And Dedicated To John Flaxman, Esq. R.A. Professor Of Sculpture To The Royal Academy, (In Token Of High Respect For His Genius,) By William Young Ottley, F.A.S. Author Of "An Inquiry Into The Origin And Early History Of Engraving;" "The Italian School Of Design," &c. - London: 1826.   
05/925   
Delessert, Benjamin   Notice Sur La Vie De Marc Antoine Raimondi Graveur Bolonais Accompagnée De Reproductions Photographiques De Quelques unes de ses Estampes Par M. Benjamin Delessert. - Paris, Londres 1853. (-1855.)   
05/764   
Grüner, Ludwig   Fresco Decorations And Stuccoes Of Churches & Palaces In Italy, During the Fifteenth & Sixteenth Centuries With Descriptions By Lewis Gruner, And A Comparison between the Ancient Arabesques & those of the Sixteenth Century By Mr. A. [i.e. J. I.] Hittorff, Architect. - London [1844]   
05/46   
Ward, James, R.A.,   Some Account Of Mary Thomas Of Tanyralt In Merionethshire, Who Has Existed Many Years Without Taking Food: And Of Ann Moore, Commonly Called The Fasting Woman Of Tutbury. Accompanied With Portraits and Illustrative Etchings. By James Ward, Esq. R.A. - London: 1813.   
04/3205   
RI/2/11    P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., 13 & 14 Pall Mall East, London, to W.B. Richmond    19 Jun 1882    Item   
LAW/4/161    Clanwilliam, Berlin, to Sir Thomas Lawrence, PRA, Russell Square, London    15 Sep 1823    Item   
PC/5/48    H. Wright, Director, P. & D. Colnaghi Co. Ltd., to Philip Connard    24 Jan 1945    Item