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1783-1846 - Pall Mall (Westminster)

Printseller Anthony Molteno was born in 1751 in Milan. Once in London, he began by selling prints in the street. The first certain trace of his existence is the printsellers business he set up at no. 11 Pall Mall in 1783 (then an emerging centre of bookshops, engravers, printers, and printsellers). He died in 1816. His stock was sold in a series of auctions at Christie’s and George Jones between 1817 and 1824 (Lugt 9135, 9152, 9384, 9554, 9856, 10054, 10203, 10371, 10398, 10453, 10654). He was active in London until 1830. His son James Anthony Molteno continued the busi-ness and was in partnership with Francis Graves from 1830 until July 1835. His posthumous sale took place at Christie’s on 16/20 March 1846 and consisted mainly of expensive modern prints (Lugt 18081).

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