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Memories of Duveen Brothers: Seventy Years in the Art World Edwar

Memories of Duveen Brothers: Seventy Years in the Art World - Edward Fowles

London: Times Books, 1976, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper heavily sunned at the spine. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.

Contains: Black & white photographs;

From the cover: “In 1898, Edward Fowles, a thirteen-year-old scholarship boy from Oxford, answered a ‘Boy Wanted’ ad in the window of Duveen Brothers of Old Bond Street, who at this time dealt in tapestries, porcelain, furniture and articles of vertu. In the course of a life-time of service with the company which grew into the world’s greatest fine-art dealers under the dynamic tutelage of Joseph (later Lord) Duveen, Edward Fowles became the great dealer’s adviser, confidant and right-hand man and, upon Duveen’s death in 1939, he and Armand Lowengard inherited the business.

Edward Fowles’ memories of these heady years of dealing and collecting include personal recollections of Bernard Berenson, one of the century’s most influential art connoisseurs, and fascinating cameos of the great American collectors: Mrs. Arabella Huntington, a sufferer from glaucoma, who would ask the young Edward to guide her hand to the appropriate position on her cheque-book; P. A. B. Widener, who was said to have smuggled a masterpiece out of Italy by secreting it in an enormous portrait bust of… P. A. B. Widener; and H. E. Huntington, who in 1921 purchased The Blue Boy for a record sum — a Duveen triumph which turned a little sour when he learnt, to his chagrin, that the great collector would have paid even more than had been asked. Throughout the memoirs, the ebullient Duveen — dealer, family-man, benefactor and impresario — holds the centre of the stage.

The book runs chronologically from the turn of the century to the boom years of the ‘20s, and concludes with an account of the acquisition of works of art from the abandoned palaces of the Tsars at the invitation of the Soviet Government.

Edward Fowles began to write his memoirs in 1966; his untimely death in 1971 prevented his completing them.”


Foreword or introduction by Sir Ellis Waterhouse. Size: 9½" x 6¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 215 pages.
£52.00

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