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Durlacher Bros. Records, 1919-1973.

Durlacher Bros.

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  • Title:
    Durlacher Bros. Records, 1919-1973.
  • Author/Creator: Durlacher Bros.
  • Creation Date: 1919-1973.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: Henry Durlacher founded the Durlacher Brothers art dealership with his brother George in London in 1843. The New York branch opened in the early 1920s, managed by R. Kirk Askew. He became the owner of Durlacher Brothers in 1937 and ran the business from New York until ca. 1969. George Durlacher, the oldest surviving original partner, retired in 1938.
  • Arrangement: Organized in 8 series: Series I. Correspondence and appointment books, 1919-1973 (boxes 1-3); Series II. Financial, 1921-1971 (boxes 4-15); Series III. Stock books, 1923-1969 (boxes 16-27); Series IV. Assorted office files, ca. 1920-1964 (boxes 28-29); Series V. Photographs (boxes 30-35*); Series VI. Tchelitchew estate, 1942-1973 (boxes 36-38); Series VII. Scrapbooks, 1934-1953 (box 39); Series VIII. Kirk and Constance Askew files, 1929-ca. 1967 (boxes 40-42).
  • Physical Desc.: 16 linear ft. (41 boxes).
  • Summary: These are the records of the Durlacher Brothers' New York branch which was managed, then later owned, by R. Kirk Askew, ca. 1923-ca. 1969. Included are stockbooks, correspondence, financial records, photographs, exhibition records, Askew's appointment books, an index card file, and newspaper clippings about the gallery. Two boxes of papers (1 lin. ft.) comprise personal letters addressed to Askew and his wife Constance, mostly from family members, and some personal financial items. So far as is known, George Durlacher destroyed the records of the original London firm when he sold the business to Askew in 1937.
    Approximately 275 letters, 1920-1938, between R. Kirk Askew (in carbon copies) and the London branch of Durlacher (most with George Durlacher and Adam Paff) detail sales and the movement of stock. Lengthy correspondence with other dealers and curators includes letters to and from Jere Abbott, Tomás Harris, Philip Hofer, and Edward James. Other correspondents include Winslow Ames, A. Everett "Chick" Austin, Vitale Bloch, Eugene Berman, Kurt Hirschland, Perry Rathbone. Two files concern building the collection of the Wm. Rockhill Nelson Museum. One folder contains about 40 letters from F.M. Perkins, dated 1919-1923, addressed to Bernard d'Hendecourt at Durlacher Brothers in London, regarding paintings and collections. Correspondence about the Pavel Tchelitchew estate (.5 lin.ft.) contains letters from Pavel's sister and the lawyer for the estate, along with copies of Askew's letters. Photographs document sold drawings (ca. 3 linear ft.), mostly Old Masters, and the work of Pavel Tchelitchew (linear ft.).
  • Language: English
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Finding aid available in the repository; folder-level control.
  • Other Archival Locations: R. Kirk Askew papers; Also located at; Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
  • Form/Genre: Stockbooks
    Photographic prints
    Photographs, Original
  • Subjects: Tchelitchew, Pavel, 1898-1957 Art -- Collectors and collecting Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Contributors: Abbott, Jere, 1897-1982. Ames, Winslow. Askew, Constance. Askew, R. Kirk (Ralph Kirk), 1903-1974. Austin, Arthur Everett, 1900-1957. Bloch, Vitale. Dix, George. Durlacher, George. Harris, Tomás, 1908-1964. Hofer, Philip, 1898-1984. Levy, Julien. Perkins, F. Mason. William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art and Mary Atkins Museum of Fine Arts.
  • ID/Accession Number: 95-A7
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
  • OCLC Record Number: 80804675
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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