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Reynolds, Joshua, Sir: Lady Sophia St. Asaph, Afterwards Countess of Ashburnham and Her Son, undated

Duveen Brothers

Duveen Brothers stock documentation from the dealer’s library, 1829-1965. Series IV. Brochures, 1910-1962. Series IV.A. Painting and sculpture, 1910-1962

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  • Title:
    Reynolds, Joshua, Sir: Lady Sophia St. Asaph, Afterwards Countess of Ashburnham and Her Son, undated
  • Author/Creator: Duveen Brothers
  • Creation Date: undated
  • Physical Desc.: 8.0 sheets
  • 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.
    Series IV contains the presentation brochures assembled by the firm of Duveen Brothers, which documented works of art in the firm's stock. The brochures present an ownership history and a detailed exhibition record for the artworks, appraisals by art historians, and bibliographies. The information for these scholarly commentaries is either culled from the firm's records or extracted from published sources. Regarding the authorship of these brochures, one hypothesis mentioned by S. H. Behrman in his Duveen, is that they were written and compiled by George Henry McCall, an associate and librarian for Duveen Brothers, who prepared several catalogs issued by the art dealer. The archive contains handwritten drafts, typed drafts, carbon copies, annotated copies and lavishly bound hardcover copies of the firm's brochures. Annotations in ink or pencil on the cover of the brochures, such as "Gallery copy" and "Library copy," suggest the variety of uses of these brochures.
  • Form/Genre: Brochures
  • Subjects: Art--Collectors and collecting Art–-Provenance Duveen Brothers
  • Format: Mixed material
  • ID/Accession Number: 2007.D.1 (bx.165,f.4)
  • Is Part Of: Duveen Brothers stock documentation from the dealer’s library, 1829-1965. Series IV. Brochures, 1910-1962. Series IV.A. Painting and sculpture, 1910-1962
  • See Also: Collection description
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