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Duveen Brothers Records, 1876-1981,

Author: Bernard BerensonWilhelm von BodeMaurice W BrockwellR Langton DouglasHenry DuveenAll authors
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Photograph : Microfilm : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The records provide an detailed view of the Duveen Brothers business activities in London, Paris, and New York. Although the archive extends from 1876-1981, the bulk of the material dates from Joseph Duveen's tenure as president of the firm, 1909-1939, and the period from 1939 to 1964 when Edward Fowles directed the firm (with Armand Lowengard until 1943). The mass of documents, such as cables and letters, invoices,
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Genre/Form: Photographs, Original
Photographic prints
X rays
Named Person: Jules S Bache; Giovanni Bellini; Robert Benson; Bernard Berenson; Sandro Botticelli; John Constable; Gérard David; Gustave Dreyfus; Henry Clay Frick; J Paul Getty; Giorgione; Francisco Goya; Greco; Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian; Oscar Hainauer; Frans Hals; Hans Holbein; James Hoppner; Jean Antoine Houdon; Henry Edwards Huntington; Otto H Kahn; Maurice Kann; Rodolphe Kann; Samuel H Kress; Andrew W Mellon; J P Morgan, Jr.; Joseph E Widener
Material Type: Photograph, Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Berenson; Wilhelm von Bode; Maurice W Brockwell; R Langton Douglas; Henry Duveen; Joseph Duveen Duveen, Baron; Edward Fowles; Max J Friedländer; Leo Planiscig; Georg Swarzenski; Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner; Duveen Brothers.
OCLC Number: 79219227
Description: approximately 394 linear ft. 584 boxes, glass negative cabinets, and 18 flat file folders. 422 microfilm reels : positive ; 35 mm

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The records provide an detailed view of the Duveen Brothers business activities in London, Paris, and New York. Although the archive extends from 1876-1981, the bulk of the material dates from Joseph Duveen's tenure as president of the firm, 1909-1939, and the period from 1939 to 1964 when Edward Fowles directed the firm (with Armand Lowengard until 1943). The mass of documents, such as cables and letters, invoices, and ledger and stock books, give a day-by-day account of art dealing, business strategy, and the individuals involved.

Series I (ca. 112 linear feet) contains the firm's business records. Stock books indicate where objects were sent for repair, to whom objects were sent on approbation along with the date of sale and the price realized. Invoices include receipts, sales invoices sent to clients, lists of cablegrams and shipment of stock from each branch of the business.

Series II (ca. 155 linear feet) consists of papers and correspondence which broadly cover the interaction between the Duveen Brothers firm and its clients, business associates, and the public. The correspondence describes art collecting trends among museums and individuals, the availability and purchase of art, art research and authentication, and the firm's general business practices. Eleven boxes of correspondence with Bernard Berenson detail his business relationship with the firm. Also included are records of lawsuits, correspondence between branches (some written in code), correspondence with museums, papers regarding galleries, Edward Fowles' papers, papers concerning exhibitions and loans, and papers regarding major art collectors and consultants. Some records of Kleinberger Galleries (apparently the papers of Harry G. Sperling, president) form a subseries within this series, and contain correspondence.

Series III (c. 127 linear feet) includes some photographs, indices, negatives, and x-rays. This series represents the Duveen Brother's stock of images. Indices are available for the majority of the negatives in cold storage.

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