Joseph Duveen and Duveen Brothers
Joseph Duveen

Founded in Hull, England in 1868 by Joel Duveen and his younger brother, Henry, Duveen Brothers emerged as a leading antiques dealer, moving its headquarters to London in 1879 and, soon after, establishing branches in New York and Paris.

Under the leadership of Joel Duveen's son, Joseph, who was named president of the firm in 1909, Duveen Brothers was transformed into the most successful dealer of Old Master paintings in the world. The flamboyant and extraordinarily ambitious Joseph Duveen carefully cultivated only the wealthiest of clients, predominantly American millionaires who were emerging as major figures in the world art market. He counted J. P. Morgan, Andrew Mellon, Henry Clay Frick, the Huntington family, the Widener family, and Samuel H. Kress among his illustrious clients.

Joseph Duveen
British, ca. 1920
Photographer unknown
Gelatin silver print
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