Colnaghi Foundation Journal 01 - Page 97

Martin Colnaghi and the National Gallery
Martin Colnaghi and the National Gallery
Fig. 4 / Cornelis Bega, An
Astrologer, 1663, oil on oak,
36.9 x 29.6 cm, London,
National Gallery.
Fig. 5 / Philips Wouwerman,
Two Horsemen at a Gipsy
Encampment, one Having his
Fortune Told, 1650-68, oil on
oak, 32 x 35.9 cm, London,
National Gallery.
As a result of his standing, his opinion was sought by
public bodies in addition to the opinions he gave to
private clients. For instance, he was consulted, together
with other experts including Lockett Agnew, about the
authenticity of an early Corot which had been presented
by the Prince of Wales to the Dublin Modern Art
Gallery.66 Nor should it be forgotten that the Emperor of
Austria awarded him the “Golden Cross of Merit with
the Crown” in recognition of his “services to Art.” 67
Martin Colnaghi died, at the age of 88, on 26 June
1908,68 and was buried in the family grave at Highgate.69
He had outlived his siblings and the first two of his
three wives.70 Since he had no children to carry on his
name or inherit his business, the Marlborough Gallery
immediately closed. The remaining stock of over
1,000 pictures and other effects were sold at a series of
auctions, the sales realising upwards of £15,000.71 His
estate was valued at just over £90,000.


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