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George Dix papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 403

Scope and Contents

The George Dix Papers contain correspondence, exhibition catalogs, photographs, notes and other papers that document the work of George Dix. The Papers have been arranged into two series, Series I, Durlacher Bros. Files and Series II, Artists Files. The papers span the years 1946-1992.

Series I, Durlacher Bros. Files , contains general files detailing the workings of the gallery, including correspondence, subject files, and photographs. The correspondence consists of letters by George Dix, R. Kirk Askew, Princeton University Dept. of Art and Archaeology, and others. The letters from R. Kirk Askew concern Dix's partnership with Durlacher Bros. The subject files contain exhibition catalogs and other papers. The photographs consist of works by painters, divided into works for sale, works sold, and other categories.

Series II, Artists Files , contains the subject files George Dix kept on artists he represented on behalf of Durlacher Bros., or in the case Edward Lear and Joseph Wright of Derby, artists for whom special exhibitions were mounted by Durlacher Bros. or Dix's own gallery. The correspondence in this series is mostly between Durlacher Bros. and Dix, as well as some third party letters. However, there are many letters to and from Askew, and these have been noted in the box and folder list. The subject files include financial statements, biographical information, exhibition catalogs, often containing price lists, lists of works for exhibitions, pricing and insurance purposes, newspaper clippings, and photographs of the artists and their works.


  • 1946-1992


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Box 8: Restricted fragile material. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

The George Dix Papers are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of George Dix (Yale class of 1934), 1997.


3.5 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Collection consists of working files maintained by George Dix, primarily during his partnership with R. Kirk Askew at Durlacher Bros. The files contain correspondence, biographical information, exhibition catalogs, photographs, and other papers related to artists represented by the gallery, as well as papers concerning exhibitions of older artists, such as Edward Lear and Joseph Wright of Derby. Artists represented in the files include Peter Blume, Barbara Hepworth, Robin Ironside, Leonid, Ben Nicholson, Marjorie Phillips, and John Piper.


In 1948, already established as an art dealer, George Dix began his partnership with R. Kirk Askew at the New York gallery of Durlacher Bros., where he handled the British painters represented by the gallery. After 124 years of business, Durlacher Bros. closed in 1967. Dix, having worked for many years with contemporary artists, made plans to open a gallery in his own name, concentrating on old master drawings and paintings.

Guide to the George Dix Papers
Under Revision
by Kathryn Rawdon
September 1998
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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