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Finding aid for the Duits, Ltd. (Gallery: London, England) records, 1920-1979
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Duits, Ltd. (Gallery: London, England) records
    Date (inclusive): 1920-1979
    Number: 860290
    Creator/Collector: Duits, Ltd. (Gallery : London, England)
    Physical Description: 26.0 linear feet (69 boxes)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: Extant sales and financial records and photographs of the Duits, Ltd. Gallery in London for the period 1920-1979, providing provenance, sales history, and some expertise on art and antiques (including estates and collections) handled by the firm.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Biographical/Historical Note

    The firm started as a general dealer in art and antiques in Dordrecht in 1836 before moving to Amsterdam in 1875. In 1920 Charles Duits opened a gallery in London where he was joined by his brother William Henry and both his son, Clifford and grandson Graham. After 1920 the Duits Gallery concentrated on old masters, with a special interest in Dutch and Flemish works, many originally handled in association with their Amsterdam gallery, which closed in 1938. The London gallery closed in 1985.

    Administrative Information


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    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Duits Ltd. (Gallery: London, England) records, 1920-1979, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 860290.

    Acquisition Information

    The Duits Ltd. records were received from the London gallery upon closing business in 1985.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Duits Ltd. records, which represent the extant sales and accounting records from 1924, were received from the London gallery when the business closed in 1985. Together the stock and sales records, which include two books regarding antiques (1920-1937), and photographs provide provenance information, sales history, and some expertise on works handled by the firm. Included are miscellaneous records (ca. 1940-1979) with correspondence and notes on Holbein, El Greco, and other expertises and records relating to the estates of Borthwick-Norton and du Vere Clinton and the Charles E. Duits collection (ca. 1937-1977).

    Arrangement note

    Arranged in one series.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Names

    Borthwick-Norton, H. F. P.
    Clifton, Harry Talbot de Vere, 1907-
    Cuyp, Aelbert, 1620-1691
    Greco, 1541?-1614
    Holbein, Hans, 1497-1543
    Rubens, Peter Paul, 1577-1640

    Subjects - Topics

    Art dealers--Great Britain
    Art dealers--Netherlands
    Art--Private collections
    Painting, Dutch
    Painting, European
    Painting, Flemish

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints


    Duits, Charles
    Duits, Graham, 1935-