Sir George Donaldson (Biographical details)

Sir George Donaldson (dealer/auction house; British; Male; 1845 - 1925)

Also known as

Donaldson, George

Address

106 New Bond Street

Biography

Art dealer. Son of Charles Alex Donaldson of Edinburgh. Formed a distinguished paintings collection that included Titian's Ranuccio Farnese in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and Andrés del Peral by Goya in the National Gallery, London.He owned a gallery on New Bond Street, London and specialised in English and European furniture from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century. His clients included George Salting, and he advised the V&A on purchases while also building his own collection of musical instruments, European furniture and applied arts. Donaldson's major gift of Art Nouveau metalwork, pottery, glass and furniture to the V&A which he had purchased at the 1900 Exposition Universelle met with a hostile reception owing to its modernity. He presented his collection of historic musical instruments to the Royal College of Music in 1894.

Bibliography

Obituary in 'The Times', 9 June 1925
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