These records from the firm of art
dealers, Duveen Brothers, formed part of the firm's library that was 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.
Included in these records are also 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.
Contact Library Reproductions and
Open for use by qualified researchers, except for Series III. Scrapbooks. Contact the
repository for information regarding access of Series III.