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Finding aid for the Duveen Brothers stock documentation from the dealer's library, 1829-1965
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These records from the art dealer Duveen Brothers formed part of the firm's library holdings that were purchased in 1965 by The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts. They document the Duveen Brothers' cataloging, research, exhibition work, and publication of works of art and collections. They consist of brochures, photographs, collectors' files, scrapbooks, correspondence and authentication records from art experts, notably Bernard Berenson. Also included in these records are the papers of Italian Renaissance art historian R. (Robert) Langton Douglas.
The Duveen Brothers was a firm of influential art dealers active from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries 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 later became the nuclei of museums such as the National Gallery of Art, the Huntington Art Collections, and the Frick Collection.
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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.