About: Eric Hormell

I'm a database editor for the Getty Research Institute's Project for the Study of Collecting and Provenance. Most recently I've been working on a project related to eighteenth-century British auction catalogs. I'm an art historian and a certified archivist, but I also have an undergraduate degree in fashion design, which has absolutely never come in handy. When I'm not at work, I'm usually watching House Hunters International. It's exhausting, but someone has to do it.

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Life Before eBay: British Art Auctions at the End of the 18th Century

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A major new project traces the rise of the British art market in the late 1700s. More»

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      Drab or dynamic?

      This orange-brown colored tapestry was so in fashion in the late 17th century wealthy patrons ordered matching furniture upholstery to complement this unusual shade.

      The shade became known as tabac d’Espagne, or Spanish tobacco.

      Tapestry: The Offering to Bacchus from The Grotesque Series, about 1690 - 1730, Beauvais Tapestry Manufactory. J. Paul Getty Museum.

      09/30/14

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