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Robert H. and Evelyn Benson collection, undated

Duveen Brothers

Duveen Brothers stock documentation from the dealer’s library, 1829-1965. Series I. Photograph albums, 1871-1956. Series I.B. Collectors' albums, 1937-1956

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  • Title:
    Robert H. and Evelyn Benson collection, undated
  • Author/Creator: Duveen Brothers
  • Creation Date: undated
  • Physical Desc.: 5.0 albums
  • Summary: The albums illustrate Robert H. and Evelyn Benson's collection of Italian Renaissance paintings, which Duveen acquired in 1927 and which was authenticated by Bernard Berenson. Extensive hand-written attributions by Berenson include annotations such as "copy," "school of," and "follower of." There are instances in which the original photograph was removed from the albums and replaced with a photostat. In one case a photograph is noted as having been removed in 1937 and given, along with a letter, to Kress. In one album, an envelope dated January 1956 contains duplicate photographs of Beccafumi's Martyrdom of St. Lucy, which according to the inscription "... were made when Professor Venturi wrote Mrs. Douglas for this and a Dosso Dossi Three Ages of Man."
  • Notes: The Duveen Brothers was a firm of influential art dealers from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century based in London, Paris, and New York. With Joseph Duveen (1869-1939) at the helm and the assistance of art experts, most notably Bernard Berenson (1865-1959), Duveen Brothers played a prominent role in the transfer of old master paintings, antique furnishings, and objets d'art from Europe to the United States.
    The large, hard-cover albums of fabric-backed pages, with one large mounted photograph per page, illustrate the collections of some of Duveen's most important clients, including Jules S. Bache, Robert H. and Evelyn Benson and Andrew W. Mellon. The volumes also include views of the clients' estates, such as Cà d'Zan, John Ringling's winter home in Sarasota, Florida, Henry E. Huntington's residence in San Marino, California, and Edward T. Stotesbury's Whitemarsh Hall in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.
  • Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs
    Photograph albums
    Photographs, Original
  • Subjects: Art--Collectors and collecting Art--Private collections Art--Provenance Duveen Brothers
  • Format: Mixed material
  • ID/Accession Number: 2007.D.1 (bx.38*-43*)
  • Is Part Of: Duveen Brothers stock documentation from the dealer’s library, 1829-1965. Series I. Photograph albums, 1871-1956. Series I.B. Collectors' albums, 1937-1956
  • See Also: Collection description
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