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.
394.0 linear feet
(584 boxes, 18 flat file folders)
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.