Colen, Arthur W.
Active in Philadelphia, Pa.
Collection size: 0.2 linear ft. (30 items)
Collection Summary: Correspondence, newsclippings, and miscellaneous items pertaining to the personal and business relationship between Arthur Colen and Albert Barnes. The collection documents the onset of their relationship, first as dog aficionados, followed by a business arrangement granting Colen permission to photograph works in the Barnes Collection. Later correspondence reveals the conflict over the reproductions which led to a legal battle between the two men.
Biographical/Historical Note: Colen was a photographer, also a sculptor, architect and interior decorator, Philadelphia; Barnes a businessman and art collector.
Donated 1994 by Michael Zakian, who received the letters from Roy and Paul Colen, Colen's sons and executors of his estate.
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