Charles Fairfax Murray (Biographical details)

Charles Fairfax Murray (painter/draughtsman; dealer/auction house; British; Male; 1849 - 1919)

Also known as

Murray, Charles Fairfax; Fairfax Murray, Charles


17 Shaftesbury Road, Hammersmith (1892) 4 Albemarle Street, W. London.


Name properly Murray, not Fairfax Murray. Painter, notably of portraits, associated with the Pre-Raphaelite School; worked as a copyist of Old Master paintings for Ruskin (q.v.) in Italy 1875-85. Later a highly successful major dealer in works of art, especially drawings and prints. In 1909 sold 1,400 old master drawings as a group to J. Pierpont Morgan (now the foundation of the collection in the Morgan Library). Much else was sold in Paris in 1914.


D.B. Elliott, 'Charles Fairfax Murray: The Unknown Pre-Raphaelite', 2000
Mark Westgarth, 'Biographical dictionary of XIXc antique and curiosity dealers', 2009 p.140