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Duveen Brothers stock documentation from the dealer's library, 1829-1965.

Duveen Brothers.

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  • Title:
    Duveen Brothers stock documentation from the dealer's library, 1829-1965.
  • Author/Creator: Duveen Brothers.
  • Creation Date: 1829-1965.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: The Duveen Brothers was a firm of influential art dealers from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century with offices in London, Paris, and New York. Under the guidance of Joseph Duveen (1869-1939), and assisted by art experts, most notably Bernard Berenson (1865-1959), Duveen Brothers played a prominent role in the transfer of works of art from Europe to the United States. The firm helped form important private collections that became the nuclei of museums, such as the National Gallery of Art, the Huntington Art Collections, and the Frick Collection.
  • Arrangement: Arranged in fourteen series: Series I. Photograph albums, 1871-1956; Series II. Exhibition catalogs, pamphlets, and posters, 1907-1964; Series III. Scrapbooks, 1869-1962; Series IV. Brochures, 1910-1962; Series V. Collector's files, 1877-1956; Series VI. Articles, 1829-1963; Series VII. Photographs, 1898-circa 1960; Series VIII. Business records, 1910-1960; Series IX. Robert Langton Douglas papers, 1916-1945; Series X. Lord Joseph Duveen papers, 1919-1933; Series XI. Photographs and inventories related to the Duveen Brothers showrooms, undated; Series XII. Designs and arhictectural plans, undated; Series XIII. Library index cards, bibliographies, and reference lists, undated; Series XIV. Miscellaneous, 1939, undated.
  • Physical Desc.: 755 linear ft. (738 boxes, 10 flat file folders, 2 rolls).
  • Summary: The archive is comprised of photograph albums, drafts and published catalogs, brochures, clippings arranged in scrapbooks, photographs of the firm's stock, architectural plans, and art expertise documentation. It is primarily visual in nature, as its largest series consists of the photographic reference files maintained by Duveen Brothers personnel. Also included are albums of photographs that record the most important works of art in the firm's stock and albums of photographs that illustrate collections of the firm's clients, including Jules Bache, Anna Dodge Dillman, Andrew Mellon and Samuel Kress.
    While the bulk of the firm's correspondence forms part of the related archive at the Getty Research Institute, the Duveen Brothers records, the archive comprises correspondence with Bernard Berenson, R. (Robert) Langton Douglas, Georg Swarzenski, Wilhelm von Bode, W. (Wilhelm Rheinhold Otto) Valentiner and Max FriedlaÌ⁸nder. Art expertive includes Bernard Berenson's X books, and certificates of authenticity in the form of typed statements and signed photographs. Clippings and scrapbooks document advertising campaigns orchestrated by the firm and court trials occasioned by attribution disputes and claims of tax frauds.
    Personal aspects of Lord Joseph Duveen's career and benefactions are documented in scrapbooks, drawings, and photographs. The daily activities of the firm appear in callers' books that include notes on customers' visits and on works seen. Plans, drawings, and fabric swatches document the firm's role as decorator for its clients's estates. Also included are the papers of Italian Renaissance art historian R. (Robert) Langton Douglas (8.0 linear feet (9 boxes)), whose widow later married the firm's last president, Edward Fowles.
  • Language: English
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Preliminary inventory available in the repository; item level control.
  • Other Archival Locations: Duveen Brothers records; Also located at; Research Library, the Getty Research Institute.
  • Notes: The archive was not part of the business records that were deeded in 1968 by Edward Fowles to the Metropolitan Museum and in turn donated to the Getty Research Institute in 1996 (Accession No. 960015). Instead, it formed part of the Duveen Brothers' library that was purchased in 1966 by The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. After the Clark Institute integrated publications from the Duveen Brothers's library into the institute's general collections, there remained a significant archive that was placed on deposit in 2006 at the Getty Research Institute for processing, cataloging, conservation and microfilming. Instead of microfilming, the Getty Research Institute digitized the entire collection except Series XIII and XIV from 2011 to 2015 with partial support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
  • Form/Genre: Photographs, Original
    Architectural drawings (visual works)
    Card indexes
    Negatives (photographs)
    Photographic prints
    Photograph albums
    Exhibition catalogs
  • Subjects: Bache, Jules S. (Jules Semon), 1861-1944 -- Art collections Benson, Robert, 1850-1929 -- Art collections Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959 Getty, J. Paul (Jean Paul), 1892-1976 -- Art collections Huntington, Henry Edwards, 1850-1927 -- Art collections Kress, Samuel H. (Samuel Henry), 1863-1955 -- Art collections Mellon, Andrew W. (Andrew William), 1855-1937 -- Art collections Morgan, J. P. (John Pierpont), 1867-1943 -- Art collections Ringling, John, 1866-1936 -- Art collections Art -- Provenance Art dealers -- Great Britain Art dealers -- France Art dealers -- United States Art -- Expertising Art -- Private collections Collectors and collecting Decorative arts Painting, European -- Collectors and collecting Painting -- United States -- Exhibitions
  • Additional Title: Clark-Duveen records.
  • ID/Accession Number: 2717-039
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researches, except for Series III.
  • OCLC Record Number: 951834274
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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