Christie's (London)

8 King Street
London
SW1Y 6QT

Auction house founded in London by James Christie (1730–1803). Christie’s eldest son, James Christie the younger (1773–1831) joined the firm and directed it after his father’s death. In 1824 he moved the auction house to 8 King Street, London, where it has since remained.

On James Christie Jr.'s death his son George Henry Christie (d 1887) brought William Manson (d 1852) into partnership, so forming Christie & Manson. In 1859 Thomas H. Woods also became a partner, and the firm became Christie, Manson & Woods.

The last member of the family left the firm in 1889 but the name was retained. The house has handled many of the sales of the great collections. In recent years it has become known for its educational operations, providing courses on art history and professional practice.
 
Works of Art: 9
Books: 10
Archives: 20
Works associated with

Girl with a Fan   
Girl with a Fan
ca. 1954
Roger de Grey
  

Cartoon for 'The Meeting of...   
Cartoon for 'The Meeting of...
March 1858- June 1859
Daniel Maclise
  

Standing male nude   
Standing male nude
February 1859
William Mulready
  

Seated male nude   
Seated male nude
Probably 1850s
William Mulready
  

Standing female nude   
Standing female nude
28 December 1859
William Mulready
  

Seated male nude   
Seated male nude
mid-1850s
William Mulready
  
 

Standing female nude viewed from...   
Standing female nude viewed from...
1850s?
William Mulready
  

Standing female nude   
Standing female nude
26 June 1858
William Mulready
  

Drawings of a standing male...   
Drawings of a standing male...
Probably 1850s
Unidentified British artist
  

Christie, James, the younger   A catalogue of all the original finished and unfinished paintings, drawings & sketches of ... James Barry: also his prints and casts; and library of books. Which will be sold by auction by Mr. Christie, at his Great Room, Pall Mall, on Friday April 10, 1807, and following day. - London 1807   
12/3346   
Christie's (London)   A catalogue of the very choice collection of modern pictures, which have constituted the very distinguished and universally admired gallery of that accomplished and truly spirited patron of the arts, the Rt. Hon. Lord de Tabley, deceased, at No. 24, Hill Street, Berkely Square : formed by his Lordship ... They comprise favourite and very popular specimens of Wilson, Gainsborough, Loutherbourg, Sir J. Reynolds, Romney, Hoppner, Northcote, Fuseli, West, Opie, Shee, Owen, Thomson, Howard, Hilton, Ward, Turner, Collins, Callcott, Landseer, Pether, Barker, Atkinson, Devis, Leslie and Russell : also, the state chair of Sir Joshua Reynolds's studio, which was bequeathed by him to Barry ; a fine marble bust of the late president West, by Behnes ; and a cast from the hand of the president West, by Behnes ; which (by order of the executors) will be sold by auction, by Mr. Christie, on the premises, No. 24, Hill Street, Berkeley Square, on Saturday, July 7, 1827. - [London] 1827   
14/3317   
Christie's (London)   A Catalogue Of A Valuable Assemblage Of Casts, From some of the most celebrated antique Groups and Statues, in the different galleries on the Continent and in this Country; the Venere Vincitrice of Canova, presented by that Sculptor to Sir Thomas Lawrence; a rare set of Reliefs from the Pilasters of B. Bandinelli; Flaxman's Shield of Achilles; some Marble Fragments and Models; a Dejeuné, and Clock, of Sèvres Porcelain; and the Painting Implements and Colours: Also Some Gold, Silver, And Copper Medals, The Property Of Sir Thomas Lawrence, Late President Of The Royal Academy, Deceased; Which Will be Sold by Auction, By Mr. Christie, On The Premises, No. 65, Russell Square, On Tuesday, July the 6th, 1830, At One O'Clock Precisely. - May be viewed Saturday and Monday preceding, with Catalogues, at 1s. each, to be had on the Premises, and at Mr. Christie's Office, 8, King Street, St. James's Square. - [London: 1830.]   
06/2970   
Christie's (London)   A Catalogue Of The Remaining Pictures And Unfinished Sketches Of Sir Thomas Lawrence, P.R.A., Deceased; Comprising among others the celebrated picture of Satan summoning his Legions; a splendid original Portrait of George the Fourth in his Coronation Robes; the original Drawing of the Princess Charlotte; a Miniature of the same; a Portrait of George the Fourth, in oils, and another in chalk; George the Third and his Queen, early pictures; and numerous fancy Subjects and Portraits unfinished; excellent copies of the Portraits of the Pope, the Cardinal Consalvi, and the Emperor of Austria, in the King's Collection; two of the Prophets, and two of the Sibyls, copied from those of M. Angelo in the Sistine Chapel, by Bewick, the size of the Originals; Famine, a Cartoon, in black chalk, by Overbecke, &c. &c. Also, The Celbrated Portrait Of Sir Thomas Lawrence, Painted By Himself: Which will be Sold by Auction, By Messrs. Christie & Manson, At Their Great Room, King Street, St. James's Square, On Saturday, June the 18th, 1831, Precisely At One O'Clock. - May be viewed two Days preceding, and Catalogues had at Messrs. Christie & Manson's Office, King Street, St. James's Square. - [London: 1831.]   
06/2966   
Christie's (London)   A Catalogue Of The Remaining Part Of The Valuable Collection Of Modern Drawings, A Few Paintings, A Set Of Cartoons, By L. Da Vinci, Consisting of the original Designs by that great Master, for the Heads in his Picture of the Last Supper; As also numerous rare and very precious Cinque Cento Models, in Wax and Terra Cotta, by M. Angelo, and G. di Bologna, antique and modern; a few Bronzes and antique Marble Bustos; and an engraved copper-plate Portrait of the young Duke of Reichstadt, never published; The Property Of Sir Thomas Lawrence, Late President of the Royal Academy, Deceased; Which Will be Sold by Auction, By Mr. Christie, At His Great Room, King Street, St. James's Square, On Thursday the 17th June, and two following Days, At One O'Clock Precisely. - May be viewed two Days preceding, and Catalogues had (at 1s. each) at Mr. Christie's Office, 8, King Street, St. James's Square. - [London: 1830.]   
06/2965   
Christie's (London)   A Catalogue Of The First Part Of The Valuable Collection Of Original Drawings, By Distinguished Modern Artists, The Property Of The Late Sir Thomas Lawrence, President of the Royal Academy, Deceased: Comprising Admirable Specimens by Gainsborough, Wilson, the celebrated Brown of Rome, Cipriani, Wheatley, Fuseli, Flaxman, Stothard, Cosway, William Locke, Esq., and others, also, by Sir Thomas Lawrence; and fine Chalk Drawings, From Antique Statues in the Louvre, by the most eminent French Artists, from which the Plates in the Musée Napoleon were engraved: Which (By Order Of The Executor) Will be Sold by Auction, By Mr. Christie, At His Great Room, King Street, St. James's Square, On Thursday and Friday, the 20th and 21st of May, 1830, At One O'Clock Precisely. - May be viewed two Days preceding, and Catalogues had (at 1s. each) at Mr. Christie's Office, 8, King Street, St. James's Square. - [London: 1830.]   
06/2964   
Christie's (London)   A Catalogue Of The Valuable Collection Of Paintings, By Ancient And Modern Masters, Of Sir Thomas Lawrence, Late President of the Royal Academy, Deceased: Comprising Highly interesting Specimens of the talent of Sir Joshua Reynolds, Wilson, Barrett, West, Fuseli, Opie, Cosway, Westall, Thomson, Owen, Howard, Sir George Beaumont, Jackson, Wilkie, Turner, Etty, Danby, Bonington, and Sir Thomas Lawrence; Also Of Celebrated Italian, Flemish, And Dutch Masters, Particularly a Pieta by Raffaelle, from the Orleans Gallery; a Charity by the same, from the Borghese Palace; Christ driving the Money Changers out of the Temple, by Marcello Venuti - also from the Borghese; a grand Bacchanalian Festival by Giorgione; a Fresco, and a fine Cabinet Specimen by P. Veronese; the Nativity by Parmegiano, a beautiful Gem from the collection of Count Fries; the Wife of Potiphar accusing Joseph, a brilliant chef-d'œuvre; and Bathsheba, by Rembrandt, &c. &c., and various others: Which (By Order Of The Executor) Will be Sold by Auction, By Mr. Christie, At His Great Room, King Street, St. James's Square, On Saturday, May the 15th, 1830, At One Precisely. - May be viewed two Days preceding, and Catalogues had at Mr. Christie's Office, 8, King Street, St. James's Square. - [London: 1830.]   
06/2963   
Christie's (London)   A Catalogue Of The First Part Of The Very Valuable And Extensive Collection Of Engravings, In The Portfolio Of Sir Thomas Lawrence, Late President Of The Royal Academy, Deceased; Comprising His rare and fine Engravings by M. Antonio and the old Italian Engravers; Engravings by and after the great Italian painters; Prints from the Works of Rubens; his rare and valuable Etchings by Rembrandt; many from the sale of Mr. Josi; the Works of Sir Thomas Lawrence, all proofs; and Prints by distinguished Modern Artists; Also Books Of Prints; Among which are a remarkably fine and complete Copy of the Pitture, &c. d'Ercolano: Which (By Order Of The Executor) Will be Sold by Auction, By Mr. Christie, At His Great Room, King Street, St. James's Square, On Monday, May the 10th, 1830, And Following Days, At One O'Clock Precisely. - May be viewed two Days preceding, and Catalogues had at Mr. Christie's Office, 8, King Street, St. James's Square. - [London: 1830.]   
06/2961   
Christie's (London)   The Illustrated Catalogue Of The Valuable Collection Of Pictures, And Other Works Of Art Of The Egyptian, Greek, Roman, And Mediæval Periods; Also, A Choice Collection Of Coins, And Medals, Of that eminent Connoisseur, John Watkins Brett, Esq., Of Hanover Square, Deceased: Which Will be Sold by Auction, by Messrs. Christie, Manson & Woods, At Their Great Rooms, 8, King Street, St. James's Square, On Tuesday, April 5, 1864, And Nine following Days; On Monday, April 18, 1864, At One O'Clock Precisely. - May be viewed Friday, Saturday, and Monday preceding, and Catalogues had, at Messrs. Christie, Manson and Wood's Offices, 8, King Street, St. James's Square, S.W. Price Five Shillings. - [London: 1864.]   
06/2923   
Christie's (London)   Catalogue Of The Celebrated Collection Of Works Of Art, From The Byzantine Period to that of Louis Seize, Of That Distinguished Collector, Ralph Bernal, Esq., Deceased; Also, Of The Beautiful Decorative Furniture And Service Of Plate: Which (By Order Of The Executors) Will be Sold by Auction, by Messrs. Christie & Manson, At The Mansion, No. 93, Eaton Square, Commencing On Monday, March the 5th, 1855, At One O'Clock Precisely. - The Collection may be publicly viewed on Thursday, March 1st, and two following Days, from 10 to 4 o'clock, with Catalogues only, price Eight Shillings, to admit Three Persons. - [London: 1855.]   
06/2217   
SP/6/4    G.A. Storey, 39 Broadhurst Gardens, N.W., to Spielmann    Jan 1894    Item   
FU/5/10    ICatalogue of the Valuable Collection of Pictures, By Italian, Flemish, Dutch, and English Masters; the Property of that Excellent Judge and Connoisseur, the late John Knowles, Esq., F.R.S./I [. . . etc]    1842    Item   
FU/5/6    Christie and Manson, 8 King Street, St James's Square, to J. Knowles    09 May [1827]    Item   
FU/5/5    Statement to the executor of H. Fuseli [John Knowles] of the sale of lots at James Christie's    1827    Item   
LAW/4/232    David Parish, Vienna, to Sir Thos. Lawrence, 65 Great Russell Square, London    7 Jul 1824    Item   
GRI/2/27    De La Rue's Desk Diary    1875    Item   
GAR/2/36    Christie's valuation of drawings previously in the collection of Sir Thomas Lawrence.    24 Jan 1835    Item   
GAR/2/34    Sale catalogue    5 Jul 1834    Item   
GAR/2/32    Account    1830-1832    Item   
GAR/2/24    Valuation by Mr. Manson    20 Aug [c.1831]    Item   
GAR/1/191    Sale catalogue, Christie & Manson, King St., St. James Sq.    18 Jun 1831    Item   
GAR/1/189    Sale catalogue by Christie's, Mansun and Woods    5 Jul 1834    Item   
GAR/1    Family papers and correspondence    c.1780-1831    Series   
236/50/13    Receipt    3 May 1861    Item   
236/50/12    Receipt    1 May 1856    Item   
236/36/20    T. Webster, Athenaeum, to T. Miller    [c.1853]    Item   
236/9/2    Augustus Egg, Ivy Cottage, to T. Miller    [1853]    Item   
236/9/1    Augustus Egg, Ivy Cottage, Bayswater, to T. Miller    [1853]    Item   
236/2/2    G Pinwell, to T. Miller    1847    Item   
236/41/13    W.P. Frith, Park Village, to T. Miller    Jun 1851    Item