Albert Duveen collection of artists' letters and ephemera, 1807-1946

Duveen, Albert
Art critic, Dealer
Active in Paris, France; New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 1.1 linear ft. (560 items on 1 full and 2 partial microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Letters, 1808-1910, written by American artists and collected by Duveen. Also included are miscellaneous items such as Bible records, quotations, pictorial reproductions and a few letters written by European artists.

Included are: 28 letters from Albert Bierstadt, mostly letters to Col. Woodworth; 10 letters from Frederic E. Church; 14 from Frederick S. Church; 25 by Constant Mayer; 11 by Albert Rosenthal; and a few each by Edwin H. Blashfield, James Champney, Timothy Cole, William Gibson, Eliza Greatorex, D. Ridgway Knight, Charles R. Leslie, Emanuel Leutze, Jervis McEntee, Francis Millet, Henry Mosler, William Page, E. D. Palmer, William Partridge, Hiram Powers, Henry Ranger, Peter Rothermel, Ross Turner, Edwin Weeks, Anne Whitney, Worthington Whittredge and others, and one from Rembrandt Peale.

Also includes papers related to the John Trumbull estate, including: a priced inventory of a sale of "Paintings, Prints, &c." by Trumbull, December 2, 1844, with a letter from David Lanman to his sister Abigail, regarding the sale, December 24, 1844; 7 letters from Benjamin Silliman to Abigail Lanman, regarding the Trumbull estate, 1843-1844; and an inventory of the estate of Trumbull presented to probate court. Also included is a letter from Trumbull to Peter Lanman, June 3, 1807.

Biographical/Historical Note: Albert Duveen was an art dealer and collector with offices in New York, N.Y., specializing in early American art. He was a cousin to Joseph Duveen (1869-1939), 1st Baron Duveen, president of Duveen Brothers art dealers.

Purchased from Albert Duveen in 1956. Duveen purchased most of the letters from dealers in Americana and estate sales.

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