RKD digitalises art trade archives (1850-1950)

The RKD plans to digitalise a number of major archives as part of the Metamorfoze digitalisation programme. We have made a selection of seven archives from the 65 art trade archives which the RKD houses for this Metamorfoze project: Bachstitz Gallery, art dealer J.H. de Bois, Goupil&Cie., art dealers Huinck and Scherjon, art dealer G.J. Nieuwenhuizen Segaar, art dealers Sala & Sons and the company E.J. van Wisselingh & Co. These art dealers from Leiden, Amsterdam, Haarlem and The Hague held a prominent position in the national and international art trade.

The archives contain ledgers, journals, index cards, exhibition catalogues and acquisition and sale records together with the accounts of the art dealers. They also contain correspondence between art dealers, artists, clients (collectors) and colleague art dealers. Conserved pocket diaries and address books offer insight into the art dealer’s network. Also present in the archives, especially in the case of Wisselingh & Co, are images of traded or commissioned art works. The collaboration between the Van Gogh Museum and Erfgoed Leiden en Omstreken (ELO) (Heritage Leiden and Environs) to digitalise the Huinck&Scherjon and Sala & Sons archives was particularly significant.


During the following periods it is not possible to consult the selected archives in the reading room due to preparations  and digitalisation.



  • Firma E.J. van Wisselingh&Co.

August 2017 - November 2018

  • Sala en Zonen

December 2017 - November 2018

  • Goupil&Cie

March 2018 - April 2019

  • Bachstitz Gallery

March 2018 - April 2019

  • G.J. Nieuwenhuizen Segaar

March 2018 - April 2019

  • J.H. de Bois

March 2018 - April 2019

After preservation and digitalisation these archives, it is only possible to consult these archives digitally at