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Finding aid for the Duveen Brothers stock photographs and records, 1829-1965
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The archive documents the Duveen Brothers' cataloguing, researching, exhibition work, and publishing of works of art and collections. It traces the firm's dealings in porcelain, tapestries, objets d'art, and old masters paintings, in particular of the Italian Renaissance. The archive comprises brochures, photographs, collectors' files, scrapbooks, correspondence and authentication records from art experts, notably Bernard Berenson. It also includes the papers of Italian Renaissance art historian R. (Robert) Langton Douglas.
The Duveen Brothers firm was an influential art dealer 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.
755.0 linear feet (738 boxes, 10 flatfiles, 2 rolls)
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Open for use by qualified researchers, except for Series III. Scrapbooks. Contact the repository for information regarding access of Series III.