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Portraits by Oswald Birley, 1923-1924

Duveen Brothers

Duveen Brothers stock documentation from the dealer’s library, 1829-1965. Series I. Photograph albums, 1871-1956. Series I.A. Stock albums, 1907-1954

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  • Title:
    Portraits by Oswald Birley, 1923-1924
  • Author/Creator: Duveen Brothers
  • Creation Date: 1923-1924
  • Physical Desc.: 1.0 album
  • Summary: Joseph Duveen met the British portrait painter Oswald Birley in 1922 and promoted the artist's career after Birley's arrival in the United States in 1923, assisting him in obtaining commissions from J. Pierpont Morgan and Andrew W. Mellon. In February 1924, Birley, accompanied by Duveen, traveled to San Marino to paint the portraits of Arabella and Henry E. Huntington. The album, which includes the portraits of Arabella and Henry E. Huntington, Margaret Mellon and J. Pierpont Morgan, is a visual record of the work of the artist, which was facilitated by Duveen. With manuscript note: "Mr. Mellon given to B. B. Jan 3/54." The album is accompanied by two leaflets of exhibitions of the artist's work at the Duveen Galleries: Portraits by Oswald Birley, January, 1923, Duveen Galleries 720 Fifth Avenue and Portraits of Oswald Birley, March 20th-April 3rd, 1924, Duveen Galleries at 56th Street 720 Fifth Avenue.
  • 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 stock albums provide a visual record of some of the most notable works sold by Duveen Brothers, with numerous photographs annotated. Annotations, some made by Bernard Berenson, include stock numbers, attributions, materials, measurements, dates, prices, provenance, and the colors of the objects. Certain objects photographed are noted as "sold," "in stock," or "sold, can be copied." Although many photographs remain unpublished, some of the photographs have appeared in Duveen Pictures in Public Collections of America and in Duveen Sculpture in Public Collections of America, published by Duveen Brothers. Albums, such as the one of portraits by Oswald Birley, have a corresponding exhibition catalog in Series III.
  • Form/Genre: Black-and-white photographs
    Photograph albums
    Photographs, Original
  • Subjects: Art--Collectors and collecting Art--Provenance Duveen Brothers
  • Format: Mixed material
  • ID/Accession Number: 2007.D.1 (bx.34)
  • Is Part Of: Duveen Brothers stock documentation from the dealer’s library, 1829-1965. Series I. Photograph albums, 1871-1956. Series I.A. Stock albums, 1907-1954
  • See Also: Collection description
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