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  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement note
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Acquisition Information
  • Preferred Citation
  • Publication Rights
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  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections
    Title: Duits, Ltd. (Gallery: London, England) records
    Creator: Duits, Charles
    Creator: Duits, Graham
    Creator: Duits, Ltd. (Gallery : London, England)
    Identifier/Call Number: 860290
    Physical Description: 26 Linear Feet (69 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1920-1979
    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.
    Physical Location: Request access to the physical materials described in this inventory through the catalog record  for this collection. Click here for the access policy .
    Language of Material: English .

    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.

    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.

    Acquisition Information

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

    Preferred Citation

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

    Publication Rights


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Painting, European
    Painting, Flemish
    Painting, Dutch
    Painting -- Expertising
    Art dealers -- Netherlands
    Art dealers -- Great Britain
    Photographic prints
    Art -- Private collections
    Clifton, Harry Talbot de Vere
    Rubens, Pierre Paul, 1577-1640
    Cuyp, Aelbert, 1620-1691
    Holbein, Hans, 1497-1543
    Greco, 1541?-1614
    Borthwick-Norton, H. F. P.