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A Finding Aid to the American Art Association records, circa 1853-1929, bulk 1885-1922

American Art Association records, circa 1853-1929, bulk 1885-1922

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Series 2: Sales, circa 1884-1923
8.1 linear feet
Boxes 2-6, 20-21, BV25-39

Sales records include named files, sales ledgers, client account books, and six Blakeslee Gallery sales ledgers. Named files may include correspondence, financial documents and statements, and photographs of materials sold. There are 29 sales ledgers (many are indexed) documenting various combination, individual, and estate sales. Also found within the sales ledgers are sales of paintings by artists: J. Carroll Beckwith, Albert Bierstadt, Ralph Albert Blakelock, J. Wells Champney, William M. Chase, Frederick Stuart Church, Walter Clark, Samuel Colman, Edgar Degas, Robert Swain Gifford, Childe Hassam, George Inness, Eastman Johnson, Sir Peter Lely, Anton Mauve, Hendrik Willem Mesdag, Jean Francois Millet, Robert Crannell Minor, Adolphe Monticelli, Henry Mosler, Sir Henry Raeburn, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Theodore Rousseau, Albert Ryder, John H. Twachtman, Edwin Lord Weeks, Alexander H. Wyant, among many others. There are also four client account index books as well as seven client account statement books.
This series is arranged as 4 subseries.
2.1 Collection and Estate Sales Files, 1910-1923
2.2 Sales Ledger, circa 1884-1922
2.3 Client Account Books, 1892-circa 1922
2.4 Blakeslee Gallery Sales Ledgers, 1893-1913
2.1:Collection and Estate Sales Files, 1910-1923
Found here are price lists, correspondence, and photographs of works sold, among other materials.
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Outstanding Accounts, Book Department (April 30, 1921), 1921
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Robert Hoe Estate Sale (February 1911), 1910-1911
Includes a metal etching plate of Rembrandt painting.
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Sarah Ball Dodson (December 1911), 1911
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William Buchanan Estate Sale (April 1912), 1912
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Combination Sale: George Crocker, Alice Newcomb, Emily H. Moir, Frederick Bonner Estates (January 1912), 1912
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Combination Sale: Mary Adelaide Yerkes, Issac Stern, Guy R. Bolton, Charles B. Lawson, J. H. Sanford, Mrs. Clarence Hyde (February 1912), 1912
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George Crocker Estate Sale (January 1912), 1912
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John McClean Estate Sale (March 1912), 1912
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J. Hampdon Robb Sale (April 1912), 1912
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Herman Schaus Estate Sale (January 1912), 1912
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Herbert G. Squires Sale (April 1912), 1912
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Various Collections' Sales (January-February 1912), 1912
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Maru Adelaide Yerkes Estate Sale (February 1912), 1912
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M. C. D. Borden Estate Sale (February 1913), 1913
Oversized material housed in Box 21, Folder 1.
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Combination Sale: Victor Newcomb, Peter Hassinger, E. Thorne, Stanley P. Gifford, W. Beach Day Estates (April 1913), 1913
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Alexander W. Drake Sale (March 1913), 1913
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William T. Evans Sale (March 1913), 1913
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Tadamasa Hayashi Sale (January 1913), 1913
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Rita Lydic Collection Sale (April 1913), 1913
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Emersen McMillan Sale (January 1913), 1913
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John F. Talmage Sale (February 1913), 1913
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Yamanaka and Co. Sale (Imperial Prince Kuhn Collection) (February-March 1913), 1913
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Combination Painting Sale, 1915
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Davanzati Palace, Florence Estate Sale, 1916
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Combination Sale: E. A. Gurnee, F. B. Thomason, E. G. O'Reilly, L. Mandel, Bush and Morris, J. Morris Jr., 1917
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Combination Sale: I. Worniser, P. K. Ludon, Mrs. Harold Thorne, Edison Bradley, F. M. Sutton, F. L. Loring Estate, Leon Mandel, 1917
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H. W. Ranger Estate, 1917
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Combination Sales (March-April 1917), 1917
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Alexander Humphreys Sale, 1917
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Various Sales, 1917-1918
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Elia Volpi Sale, 1917
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Stefano Bardini Sale, 1918
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James Buchannan Brady ("Diamond Jim") Sale, 1918
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Combination Painting Sale: Allan, Barbour, Birch, et. al., 1918
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Combination Painting Sale: Isaac C. Fletcher, C. F. Williamson, Sarah L. Ames Estates, 1918
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George A. Hearn Sale, 1918
Oversized material housed in Box 21, Folder 1.
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Ferdinand Herman Estate Sale, 1918
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F. Kelinberger Galleries, 1918
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Twenty-four Sales of Books, Prints, and Paintings, 1921-1923
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T. B. Clark Sale, 1921
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Combination Sale, 1921
Oversized material housed in Box 21, Folder 2.
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Combination Sales (February 1921), 1921
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De Soulamie, Bashford Dean, and Hartel Sales (November 1921), 1921
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Henry C. Lawrence Sale, 1921
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Jacques Seligmann Collection of Degas Paintings, 1921
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Vanderbilt Mansion Contents Sale (October 1921), 1921
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Various Collections, Statements of Sales, 1921-1922
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Various Collections' Sales (February-May 1921), 1921-1922
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Various Sales, 1921
Oversized material housed in Box 21, Folder 2.
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Yamanaka Sale (February 1921), 1921
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Charles F. Fowles Estate Sale, 1922
Oversized material housed in Box 21, Folder 2.
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Anderson Glaenzer, Philip Rossiter, Sanz Sangesta, and Others (February-April 1922), 1922
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D. K. Kelikian Sale (January 1922), 1922
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Lockwood de Forest, Russell, and Others (November-December 1922), 1922
Oversized material housed in Box 21, Folder 2.
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Alexander R. Peacock, 1922
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Raoul Tolentino Sale (Savoy Castle), 1922
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Enrico Caruso Collection, 1923
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Meyer Goodfriend, Keller and Funaro, N. E. Montross, Mrs. Hamillón Carhart (January-February 1923), 1923
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Carl Robert Lamm Collection, 1923
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Various Sales (March-May 1923), 1923
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Various Sales, 1923
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Oversized M. C. D. Borden Estate Sale Material from Box 2, Folder 50, 1913
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Oversized George A. Hearn Sale Material from Box 3, Folder 13, 1918
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Oversized Combination Sale Material from Box 3, Folder 19, 1921
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Oversized Various Sales Material from Box 3, Folder 29, 1921
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Oversized Charles F. Fowles Estate Sale from Box 3, Folder 31, 1922
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Oversized Lockwood de Forest, Russell, and Others Material from Box 3, Folder 35, 1922
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2.2:Sales Ledgers, 1853-1922
General sales ledgers document sales of a wide range of items sold and auctioned by the American Art Association, including, but not limited to, books, etchings, furniture and furnishings, paintings, and prints. Sales ledgers with specific items sold are so noted.
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"Book Department" Ledger, 1913-1921
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General Sales Ledger (A-K), 1885-1899
BV25
General Sales Ledger (L-Z), 1885-1899
BV26
General Sales Ledger, "Day Book", 1886-1902
Includes records of sales of paintings and bric-a-brac. Chronological entries include the name of the purchaser, title and price of paintings, and the price of the other items (vases, bowls, trays, sword guards, etc.). There is no index.
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General Sales Ledger, 1887-1888
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General Sales Ledger, "Cash, Results of Sales", 1887-1897
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General Sales Ledger, "Sales Book, Bric-a-Brac" (January 26-March 8, 1892), 1892
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General Sales Ledger, 1904-1909
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General Sales Ledger, "Journal", 1909-1913
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General Sales Ledger, 1915-1916
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General Sales Ledger, 1916
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General Sales Ledger, 1916-1918
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General Sales Ledger, "Journal", 1918-1920
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General Sales Ledger, 1918-1920
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General Sales Ledger, 1920-1922
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Paintings, "Outside Sales, Europe" (A-K), 1853-1879
Ledger includes a record of paintings sold by other galleries or auction houses, 1853-1879, mostly in Paris, apparently compiled in 1906 from printed catalogs and used as a reference work by the Association. Entries are arranged alphabetically by artist’s name, and may include the title, owner, catalog number, date, price (often in francs), and purchaser. This volume includes names from A through K.
BV27
Paintings, "Outside Sales, Europe" (L-Z), 1853-1879
Identical to ledger BV27 but covering names from L through Z.
BV28
Paintings, "Outside Sales, United States", 1863-1902
Somewhat similar to ledgers BV27-BV28, but listing sales by other galleries or auction houses in the U. S. An alphabetical index refers to the page where an artist’s name can be found. Under his name is a list of the paintings sold during this period, including title, size, name of owner, date of sale, name of purchaser, and the price.
BV29
Paintings, "Outside Sales, United States", 1863-1902
Similar to ledger BV29 but with sales entered under the purchaser’s name. Entries include the title of paintings, name of artist, price, size, and former owner. The volume seems to have been compiled in 1902 and contains an alphabetical index to purchasers. Included are records of numerous purchases by L. A. Lanthier, Knoedler and Co., Reichard and Co., S. P. Avery, Boussod-Valadon, and others.
BV30
Paintings (A-F), circa 1884-1921
The entries are arranged alphabetically by artist, this volume covering A through F, and include the title or subject, size, name of consignor, name of sale (sometimes different from the name of the consignor, such as Famous French Painters), lot number, date, price, and purchaser. Includes sales of paintings by Charles Francois, Daubigny, Eugene Delacroix, Edgar Degas, and others.
BV31
Paintings (G-Q), circa 1884-1921
A continuation of ledger BV31, covering G through Q. Included are sales of paintings by Thomas Gainsborough, Alexander Harrison, George Inness, Sir Peter Lely, Will H. Low, Hendrik Willem Mesdag, John Francois, Millet, Adolphe Monticelli, et al.
BV32
Paintings (A-F), 1884-1921
This volume more or less duplicates ledger BV31 but there is some information in it that is not found in the other. Entries range only from A through F.
BV33
Paintings (R-Z), 1884-1920
This volume continues ledger BV33, but covers R through Z. It includes sales of works by Sir Henry Raeburn, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Adolphe Schreyer, Fritz Thaulow, Emile Van Marcke, and others.
BV34
Paintings, 1885-1898
An alphabetical index refers the reader to the page where an artist is listed. Entries include the painting titles or subject (e.g. marine, landscape), the size, owner, lot number, date, names of purchaser, and price. Pages 150-208 contain ‘miscellaneous’ sales.
BV35
Paintings, 1899-1905
Includes an alphabetical index by artist’s name. Entries include subject or title, size, owner, date, purchaser, and price. There is also an extensive listing under ‘Miscellaneous’ on pages 70-97. Artists represented by a large number of sales include: R. A. Blakelock, J. Wells Champney, William M. Chase, F. S. Church, Samuel Colman, J. B. C. Corot, Charles C. Homer, George Inness, C. E. Jacque, H. Bolton Jones, Sir McIlhenny, Robert C. Minor, Louis Moeller, Henry Mosler, J. Francis Murphy, John H. Twachtman, A. H. Wyant and others.
BV36
Paintings (A-Z), 1905-1912
Included is a miscellaneous listing of artists on pp. 83-100. Includes numerous sales of works by J. Carroll Beckwith, Albert Bierstadt, J. B. C. Corot, Charles Francois Daubigny, N. V. Diaz, Jules Dupre, Henry Farrer, Thomas Gainsborough, Robert Swain Gifford, John J. Hammer, Alfred C. Howland, Eastman Johnson, Ludwig Knaus, Anton Mauve, Henry Mosler, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Theodore Rousseau, Constant Troyon, G. H. Truesdell, James Gale Tyler, Kruseman Van Elton, Edwin Lord Weeks, Alexander H. Wyant, and others.
BV37
Paintings, 1913-1918
Entries include the title or subject, size, owner, lot number, date, purchaser, and price. Included is an alphabetical index of artists. Miscellaneous sales are listed on pp. 71-108, and 138-139. Included are sales of numerous paintings by Ralph Albert Blakelock, J. G. Brown, William M. Chase, Frederic S. Church, John Constable, N. V. Diaz De La Pena, Jules Dupre, Winslow Homer, George Inness, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Will H. Low, Homer D. Martin, Georges Michel, Francis Davis Millet, Claude Monet, Henry Ward Ranger, Julian Rix, John Henry Twachtman, Alexander H. Wyant, and others.
BV38
Paintings, 1918-1919
Entries include title or subject of painting, size, owner or sale name, lot number, date, purchaser, and price. Included are paintings listed under an artist’s name but qualified as being ‘style of,’ ‘period of,’ ‘after:,’ ‘school of,’ etc. Miscellany are included on pp. 61-100. There is also an alphabetical index of artists. Included are sales of numerous paintings by J. Carroll Beckwith, Ralph Albert Blakelock, George H. Bogert, Walter Clark, Childe Hassam, J. Francis Murphy, Albert Ryder, John Carleton Wiggins, et al.
BV39
Paintings, 1888-1891
This volume is arranged by exhibition or sale. Entries include the buyer, artist, title, date, price, and lot number. There is no index.
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Paintings, "Day Book", 1903-1905
Includes records of sales of paintings at the following exhibitions: Alfred Parsons and Frank Millet in 1903; American Watercolor Society in 1902; and American Painters and Illustrators in 1905. Entries are chronological by exhibition date and include the purchaser, artist, title, and price. There is no index.
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2.3:Client Account Books, circa 1895-circa 1922
This subseries is comprised of account books and materials relating to client sales, purchases, and consignments. Four account books appear to be indexes of client names with reference numbers or sales lot numbers, with client names listed alphabetically. Some accounting marks appear next to names, with numbers and occasionally an address, and sometimes a notation of "pd." or "paid" appears over or next to names, with dates. Client account book "Statement Books" provide more detailed information related to expenses incurred by clients or estates over the course of a sale or auction. These often contain an index of sales.
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Indexes, circa 1895-circa 1922
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Index, circa 1907-circa 1908
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"Statement Book", 1892-1904
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"Statement Book", 1904-1912
Oversized client account book housed in Box 20.
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"Statement Book", 1912-1916
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"Statement Book", 1914-1916
Oversized client account book housed in Box 20.
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"Statement Book", 1916-1919
Oversized client account book housed in Box 20.
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"Statement Book", 1916-1918
Oversized client account book housed in Box 20.
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"Statement Book", 1918-1920
Oversized client account book housed in Box 20.
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Oversized "Statement Books" from Box 5, Folders 12-17, 1904-1920
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2.4:Blakeslee Gallery Sales Ledgers, 1893-1913
Blakeslee Gallery ledgers were acquired presumably in 1914 when gallery owner Theron Blakeslee died, and the American Art Association auctioned off the gallery's paintings. These ledgers document sales, while other Blakeslee Gallery ledgers documenting general expenses can be found in Series 3, General Financial and Legal Files.
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Blakeslee Gallery Sales Ledger, 1893-1903
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Blakeslee Gallery Sales Ledger, 1898-1914
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Blakeslee Gallery Sales Ledger, 1909-1911
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Blakeslee Gallery Sales Ledger, 1910-1913
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Blakeslee Gallery Sales Ledger, 1911-1914
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Blakeslee Gallery Sales Ledger, 1912-1913
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