Arabella Duval Huntington papers, 1888-1925

Huntington, Arabella Duval, b. 1850 or 51 d. 1924
Collector, Philanthropist
Active in New York, N.Y.; Calif.

Collection size: 1.2 linear ft. (on 2 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Correspondence, and subject files relating to the art collecting activities of Arabella Duval Huntington and family.

Extensive correspondence relating to Huntington's art collecting from dealers and others includes letters from Joseph Duveen regarding purchases of two Rembrandts and a Hals. Other materials include a biographical sketch, lists of accounts payable, an exhibition catalog for a show of paintings owned by Collis Potter Huntington, critical descriptions of Titian's paintings by G.B. Cavalcaselle and inventories, bills and receipts for paintings, jewelry, furnishings, and tapestries purchased from numerous dealers and galleries (see finding aid for a complete listing of dealers).

Biographical/Historical Note: Philanthropist and art collector Arabella Duval Huntington was the wife of the railroad and shipping magnate, Collis P. Huntington. After his death, Arabella married Collis' nephew, Henry E. Huntington. Both husbands put at Arabella's disposal immense funds for the purchase of works of art. Her purchases later became the foundation for Huntington Library and Art Gallery in California. Aside from her art collecting, Mrs. Huntington spent much of her time immersed in various charitable and humanitarian endeavors.

Order and arrangement is that of the George Arents Research Library for Special Collections.

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Related Materials

Arabella Duval Huntington papers also at Syracuse University.