Arthur W. Colen correspondence with Albert C. Barnes, 1940-1945
Colen, Arthur W.
Barnes, Albert C. (Albert Coombs),
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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.
Arthur W. Colen correspondence with Albert C. Barnes, 1940-1945. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001