• J.W von Goethe, Propylaen 1799; a letter novel reflecting on his grandfather's collection of paintings.

• Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady; the woman seen as collectible object by her aesthetic suitor.

• Janet Malcolm, In the Freud Archives, Flamingo London 1986; the power struggles of various individuals to administer and mould the archives of a seminal 20th century figure.

• Marianne Moore, 'When I buy Pictures' (poem)

• Susan Sontag, The Volcano Lover, 1992; fictional reconstruction of the Lady Hamilton and Nelson relationship, but with extensive analysis of the psychology of the collector, Sir William Hamilton.

COLLECTORS and what they collect

• Charles Addams....crossbows
• John Arlott....aquatint illust.books
• John of Richard Church
• Jude Freeman... Peter Pan
• Dennis Healey..... 1st ed.crime novels
• Mick Jagger...Books on Witchcraft
• Bob Monkhouse...antique films
• Eduardo Paolozzi... the Krazy Kat Archive
• Maurice Sendak.....Mickey Mouse memorabilia
• Georges Seurat.. Images Epinal (comics)
• Christopher Sharrock...Collars
• J.M.Whistler...Blue and white porcelain


Alfred Barnes.... Pittsburgh STEEL
Isobel Gardner... Boston
Solomon Guggenheim..... New York OIL
Nubar Gulbenkian....... Lisbon
Mrs. Kroller...Kroller-Muller Museum, MANUF.
Paul Mellon.... Yale OIL
The Baron Thyssen...... Madrid ARMAMENTS
Pavel Tretiakov... Moscow BANKER
Rober and Lisa Sainsbury, Norwich SHOPKEEPERS
Sir Richard Wallace, the Wallace Coll.London
Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, New York


• buttons
• the colour of the doors on magistrates courts



• John Baeder, Gas, Food and Lodging, Abbeville New York 1982.

• Neal Benezra, Affinities and Intuitions, The Gerald S.Elliott Collection of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Thames & Hudson NY 1990

• Ken Botto, Past Joys, Prism, San Francisco, 1978

• George Costakis, "Collecting Art of the Avant-Garde", in The George Costakis Collection, Thames and Hudson London 1981

• Jonathan Cott, Pipers at the Gates of Dawn,Viking NY 1983, a visit to the collectors Iona and Peter Opie

• Etter and Schneider, Halley's Comet, Memories of 1910, Abbeviille New York 1985

• The Common Chronicle, Archival Treasures from the County Record Offices of England and Wales V&A London 1983

• G.Flaubert, Bouvard et Pecuchet, Penguin London 1987

• John Gage (ed.), Goethe on Art, Scolar London 1980

• Joy Hancox, The Byrom Collection, Cape, London 1992; the author found a collection of geometrical drawings owned by a secret society, which she claims to be a clue to the structure of Shakespearean theatre buildings

• Francis Haskell, Rediscoveries in Art, Some aspects of taste, fashion and collecting in England and France, Phaidon Oxford 1980

• Gervase Jackson-Stops, The Treasure Houses of Britain, 500 years of Private Patronage and Art Collecting, National Gallery of Art Washington, Yale Univ.Press, 1985

• Cedric Jagger, Royal Clocks, The British Monarchy and its Timekeepers, Hale, London 1983; the account of Royal clock buying.

• Robert Lesser, A Celebration of Comic Art and Memorabilia, Hawthorn, New York, 1975

• Thomas W .Oatman, The Collection of Thomas W.Oatman Labels, K and Co. Tokio 1989; labels from clothes.

• Christopher Pearce, The Catalog of American Collectibles, Mallard, 1990

• John Pultz, "Collectors of Photography," in exhib.catal., A Personal View, Photography in the Collection of Paul W.Walter, MOMA NY 1985. The impulse to collect photographs at a time when they were regarded as inferior images.

• B.L.Reid, The Man from New York, John Quinn and his friends, OUP NY 1968. `Probably the most active collector of everything artistic in the 20th Century.

• Francis Spufford, The Chatto Book of Cabbages and Kings Chatto London 1989 a compilation of literary lists.

• John Wilmerding (ed), Essays in Honour of Paul Mellon, Collector and Benefactor, NG of Art, Washington, 1986.

• Ian Woodner exhib catalogue, Master Drawings The Woodner Collection, RA London 1987 published by Weidenfeld and Nicholson. See article, Nicholas Turner and Jane Shoaf Turner. " Private Collections of Old Master Drawings in America in the Twentieth Century"