Painter, publisher, and art dealer Antonio Cesare Poggi was born in 1744, probably in Florence.
By 1782 he was dealing from no. 4 Orchard Street, Portman Square, in Marylebone. He then moved to no. 7 St George’s Row, Hyde Park, and from 1796 onwards he ran his business from no. 91 New Bond Street. He belonged to Joshua Reynold’s circle of friends.
In May 1794 he was instructed by the heirs of Reynolds to auction off the artist’s famous collection of drawings, consisting of over 2,000 sheets (Lugt 5213a). Poggi himself acquired some fifty valuable drawings (with Reynold’s collector’s stamp) which he later sold to Prince Nikolaus Esterházy who took them back to Budapest. Poggi sold up in London in 1801 and moved to Paris. A sale after his death is recorded in Paris in February 1836 (Lugt 14233); many prints published by him record his name as ‘De Poggi’. He died in 1836.