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Digitizing the Duveen Brothers Records

Grant Period: April 2011–March 2013

Duveen Brothers storeroom
This project allows for the digitization of two extensive collections: Duveen Brothers records and Duveen Brothers stock documentation from the dealer's library. Both collections are at the Getty Research Institute, though the latter collection is currently on long-term loan from the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts.

Founded by Sir Joseph Joel Duveen and his brother Henry in the late 1860s, the Duveen Brothers firm was active in London, Paris, and New York for more than 100 years. Sir Joseph Joel's son, also known as Sir Joseph, brought the firm to prominence in the first half of the 20th century and gained international fame for selling European Old Master paintings, antique furnishings, and other objets d'art to American collectors for record prices.

Henry Duveen / Arbuthnot
The Research Institute's collection of Duveen Brothers resources chronicles this important period in American collecting history and is a rich aid for scholars, especially those involved in provenance research and the history of collecting.

The Kress Foundation grant contributes to the costs of digitizing these collections, which include more than 400 reels of microfilm and 634 linear feet of archival materials.