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Joseph Grego, papers

RA Collection: Archive

Archive context

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Reference code



Joseph Grego, papers


1769- 1855



Extent & medium

2 boxes

Historical Background

Joseph Grego, writer on art, was born in London in 1843, the grandson of an Italian looking-glass manufacturer. He combined an interest in collecting, which he inherited from his father, with dealing and writing on art. He specialised in collecting and writing about the work of James Gillray, Thomas Rowlandson, George Morland and George Cruikshank, and was an acknowledged authority on all four.

At his death in 1908, his vast collection of prints, drawings and books was dispersed at auction - at Christie's on 28 April and 4 June 1908, and at Puttick and Simpsons in April, June and July 1908.

Content Description

Miscellaneous papers, mainly relating to the Royal Academy, collected by Joseph Grego.

Acquisition Details

The collection was presented to the Royal Academy in 1921 by the historian of art W. T. Whitley


The existing order of the 1974 finding aid has been retained. Visual, non-archival material has been omitted from the list.

Finding Aids

Historical Manuscripts Commission, National Register of Archives list, 1974.


Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford DNB): Joseph Grego.