Notable art dealers from the late
nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. The records provide a detailed view of the Duveen
Brothers business activities in London, Paris, and New York. Although the archive extends
from 1876 to 1981, the bulk of the material dates from Joseph Duveen's tenure as president
of the firm, 1909-1939, and the period 1939-1964 when Edward Fowles directed the firm (with
Armand Lowengard until 1943). The mass of documents, such as cables and letters, invoices,
and ledger and stock books, give a day-by-day account of art dealing, business strategy, and
the individuals involved. Included are some records from the Kleinberger Galleries,
1906-1971, and 6 linear feet of Edward Fowles's papers.
Duveen Brothers, notable art dealers in London, Paris, and New York from the late
nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century, brought to America high quality old master
paintings and decorative arts from the great private collections in Europe. Under the
guidance of Joseph Duveen (1869-1939) and assisted by art experts, most notably Bernard
Berenson, the Duveen Brothers monopolized the American art market for five decades. Duveen
Brothers helped to form the art collections of many extremely wealthy Americans. A number of
these collections became the nuclei of U.S. museums such as the Frick Collection, the
Huntington Art Collections and the National Gallery of Art.
394 Linear Feet
(584 boxes, 18 flat file folders)
Contact Library Reproductions and Permissions.
A microfilm copy (422 reels) of the archive is open for use by qualified researchers. The
original papers are restricted because they are brittle and fragile. Additional microfilm
copies of the archive have been deposited at the Thomas J. Watson Library of the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Witt Library of the Courtauld Institute in
London, and at the Institute national d'histoire de l'art in Paris.