London curiosity shop Miss Toplady 1898-1905

 

Mary Berenson, art historian and art critic.

 

…”in a London antique shop under the  waggish name of “Miss Toplady” . Mary liked to refer to it as “an iniquity shop”; she found it convenient for selling pictures in which she had invested. Venice was a particularly good source of bargains, and on one shopping trip there Mary and Logan bought “quantities of thing for Miss Toplady”….

 

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As one of the early fronts that Mary and Bernard Berenson used for selling art, the shop affected the development of their expertise as connoisseurs… Machtelt Brüggen Israël

 

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Letters of Bernard Berenson and Isabella Stewart Gardner