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Oral history interview with Brooks Jackson

Interviewee:
Jackson, Brooks, gallery owner  Search this
Interviewer:
Cummings, Paul  Search this
Names:
Berman, Eugene, 1899-1972  Search this
Brauner, Victor, 1903-1966  Search this
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
De Chirico, Giorgio, 1888-  Search this
Ernst, Max, 1891-1976  Search this
Fini, Leonor, 1908-1996  Search this
Iolas, Alexandros, 1908-1987  Search this
Levy, Julien  Search this
Magritte, René, 1898-1967  Search this
Matta, 1912-2002  Search this
Tchelitchew, Pavel, 1898-1957  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (Sound recording: 1 sound tape reel ; 5 in)
38 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
1976 Mar. 22
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Brooks Jackson conducted 1976 Mar. 22, by Paul Cummings, for the Archives of American Art. Jackson speaks of his background; attending the American School of Ballet; why he stopped dancing; his recollections of Madame Hugo; Alexander Iolas' background and his memories of him; how he became interested in art; and working with Iolas. He recalls Alexander Iolas, Pavel Tchelitchew, Giorgio De Chirico, Lenore Fini, Eugene Berman, Victor Brauner, Rene Magritte, Roberto Matta, Max Ernst, Julien Levy, Leo Castelli, Joseph Cornell, and many others.
Biographical / Historical:
Brooks Jackson is an art dealer and former dancer from New York, N.Y. Co-owned and operated the Brooks Jackson Iolas Gallery in New York, N.Y.
Provenance:
These interviews are part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and others.
Restrictions:
Transcript available on the Archives of American Art website.
Topic:
Art, American  Search this
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York -- Interviews  Search this
Ballet  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.jackso76
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw9dd369e00-e5f6-443c-8b71-870ffd681c13
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-jackso76
Online Media:

Eva Lee Gallery records

Creator:
Eva Lee Gallery  Search this
Names:
Korvettes  Search this
New Art Circle (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Albers, Josef  Search this
Benn, Ben, 1884-  Search this
Benton, Thomas Hart, 1889-1975  Search this
Calder, Alexander, 1898-1976  Search this
Christo, 1935-  Search this
Corinth, Lovis, 1858-1925  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Dalí, Salvador, 1904-1989  Search this
Feininger, Lyonel, 1871-1956  Search this
Grosz, George, 1893-1959  Search this
Hartley, Marsden, 1877-1943  Search this
Hopkins, John  Search this
Indiana, Robert, 1928-  Search this
Lee, Eva  Search this
Lieberman, Harry, 1880-1983  Search this
Lipchitz, Jacques, 1891-1973  Search this
Loewe, Frederick  Search this
Magritte, René, 1898-1967  Search this
Marin, John, 1870-1953  Search this
Mommer, Paul  Search this
Nesbitt, Lowell, 1933-1993  Search this
Neumann, J. B. (Jsrael Ber)  Search this
Odets, Clifford, 1906-1963  Search this
Ritchie, Andrew Carnduff  Search this
Shahn, Ben, 1898-1969  Search this
Simpson, Merton D. (Merton Daniel), 1928-  Search this
Valentin, Curt, 1902-1954  Search this
Vasarely, Victor, 1906-1997  Search this
Weber, Max, 1881-1961  Search this
Extent:
4 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Watercolor drawings
Photographs
Date:
1921-1973
Summary:
The scattered records of the New York contemporary American art Eva Lee Gallery measure 4.0 linear feet and date from 1921-1973. Artist files contain provenance notes, photographs of artwork, records of sales and consignments, exhibition catalogs from other galleries, and reference information on numerous contemporary artists, many represented by the gallery. There are also scattered letters and artwork from artists, scattered sales records of J.B. Neuman's New Art Circle Gallery, and a photocopy of an auction catalog for Korvettes Art Galleries in Douglastan, New York. A significant amount of information is found within the collection about Alexander Calder, Lovis Corinth, Salvadore Dali, Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz, Robert Indiana, Harry Lieberman, Rene Magritte, John Marin, Lowell Nesbitt, Ben Shahn, Victor Vasarely, and Max Weber.
Scope and Content Note:
The scattered records of the New York contemporary American art Eva Lee Gallery measure 4.0 linear feet and date from 1921-1973. Artist files contain provenance notes, photographs of artwork, records of sales and consignments, exhibition catalogs from other galleries, and reference information on numerous contemporary artists, many represented by the gallery. There are also scattered letters and artwork from artists, scattered sales records of J.B. Neumann's New Art Circle Gallery, and a photocopy of an auction catalog for Korvettes Art Galleries in Douglastan, New York.

The records are comprised of artists' files arranged into four categories established by the gallery: general artists' files; notebooks of artists' files; financial artists' files; and consignment and sales artists' files. General artists' files contain background and reference information on numerous contemporary artists, performers, and art-related organizations. More information exists for Alexander Calder and Harry Lieberman than the other names represented in the general files. Lee also arranged provenance notes and photographs of artwork into notebooks, presumably including many of the artists represented by the gallery. There is a significant amount of material in the notebooks on Alexander Calder, Robert Indiana, Lowell Nesbitt, Ben Shahn, Victor Vasarely, and Max Weber.

Financial artists' files contain correspondence with artists and patrons concerning the sale of artwork by both the Eva Lee Gallery and J. B. Neumann of the New Art Circle Gallery, scattered artwork, printed material, photographs of artists, and checks signed by Neumann and endorsed by miscellaneous artists. Eva Lee worked on the estate of J. B. Neumann and collected and interspersed his files with her own. These files include letters from Josef Albers, Thomas Hart Benton, Alexander Calder, Christo, Joseph Cornell, Robert Indiana, and a postcard of Calder's studio from Ben Shahn. There are also watercolor sketches by Clifford Odets, an exhibition catalog autographed by Ben Shahn, and photographs of Marsden Hartley, Jacques Lipchitz, composer Frederick Loewe, Paul Mommer, Mert Simpson, and Curt Valentin with Andrew Ritchie.

Eva Lee Gallery artists' consignment and sales files primarily contain photographs of artwork and notes concerning sales of specific artwork by the Eva Lee Gallery. Also found in these sales files are scattered letters, receipts, and printed material. There is a significant amount of material for Ben Benn, Alexander Calder, Lovis Corinth, Salvadore Dali, Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz, Marsden Hartley, John Hopkins, Rene Magritte, and John Marin. It is assumed that Eva Lee separated the two latter sets of artists' files containing sales records.

Also found in the collection is a photocopy of the Korvettes Art Galleries auction catalog, which lists artwork sold at a 1970 auction liquidating the holdings of the Douglaston, New York gallery.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged as 5 series:

Missing Title

Series 1: General Artist Files, 1923-1972 (Boxes 1-2; 1.3 linear feet)

Series 2: Notebooks of Artist Files, 1929-1973 (Boxes 2-3; 1.4 linear feet)

Series 3: Financial Artist Files, 1921-1970 (Boxes 3-4; 0.6 linear feet)

Series 4: Eva Lee Gallery Consignment and Sales Artist Files, 1960-1972 (Box 4; 0.7 linear feet)

Series 5: Photocopy of Korvettes Art Galleries Auction Catalog, 1970 (Box 4; 1 folder)
Historical Note:
Eva Lee was born circa 1924. She fled from Nazi Germany to the United States, becoming an art dealer and the owner of the Eva Lee Gallery, Inc. Located in Great Neck, New York, the Eva Lee Gallery specialized in modern art and handled the work of many prominent artists including Alexander Calder, Lyonel Feininger, George Grosz, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Ben Shahn, and Max Weber. The gallery was in operation through the first half of 1973.

Eva Lee died suddenly on November 4, 1973 in Terre Haute, Indiana, while undergoing unspecified medical treatment.
Provenance:
The Eva Lee Gallery records were donated in 1973 by Eva Lee through Eloise Spaeth, and in 1978 by Neal Richmond of the Paul Klapper Library, Queens College, Flushing, New York, who had been asked to disperse Lee's gallery records following her sudden death in 1973. A photocopy of the Korvettes Art Galleries Auction Catalog was donated by Eva Lee in 1970.

Lee's records also contained financial files belonging to art dealer J. B. Neumann and his New Art Circle Gallery, whose estate she had worked on in 1966.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Topic:
Works of art  Search this
Function:
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State)
Genre/Form:
Watercolor drawings
Photographs
Citation:
Eva Lee Gallery records, 1921-1973. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Identifier:
AAA.evalee
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Eva Lee Gallery records
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw94fc1585b-1c6a-4e39-9484-b34a914e88a2
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-evalee
Online Media:

Le Chant des Sirènes [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Title:
Sirens' Song [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)
Artist:
Magritte, Rene 1898-1967  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1953
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
State of Being--Phenomenon--Surreal  Search this
Figure male--Waist length  Search this
Object--Other--Candlestick  Search this
Object--Other--Dish  Search this
Architecture--Detail--Wall  Search this
Waterscape  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Hat  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002543
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_131995

Le Gout de l'Invisible [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Title:
Taste for the Invisible [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)
Artist:
Magritte, Rene 1898-1967  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1964
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
State of Being--Phenomenon--Surreal  Search this
Figure male--Waist length  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Hat  Search this
Object--Fruit--Apple  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002568
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132020

Le poete recompense [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Title:
Recompensed Poet [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)
Artist:
Magritte, Rene 1898-1967  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1956
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Hat  Search this
State of Being--Phenomenon--Surreal  Search this
Figure--Waist length  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002572
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132024

La Folie Almayer [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Title:
Almayer's Folly [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)
Artist:
Magritte, Rene 1898-1967  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1960 ?
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
State of Being--Phenomenon--Surreal  Search this
Landscape--Tree  Search this
Architecture exterior--Civic--Tower  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002623
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132075

Homme au Chapeau Melon [drawing] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Magritte, Rene 1898-1967  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1965
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
State of Being--Phenomenon--Surreal  Search this
Figure male--Waist length  Search this
Animal--Bird--Dove  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Hat  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002636
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132088

Woman [drawing] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Magritte, Rene 1898-1967  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Figure female  Search this
Object--Art Object--Painting  Search this
Abstract  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002650
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132102

La Condition Humaine [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Title:
Human Condition [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)
Artist:
Magritte, Rene 1898-1967  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1949
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
State of Being--Phenomenon--Surreal  Search this
Landscape--Phenomenon--Cave  Search this
Allegory--Element--Fire  Search this
Object--Art Object--Painting  Search this
Object--Art Tool--Easel  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002659
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132111

Lola de Valence [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Magritte, Rene 1898-1967  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1948
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Figure female--Nude  Search this
State of Being--Phenomenon--Surreal  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002662
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132114

The Patch of Night [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Artist:
Magritte, Rene 1898-1967  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1965
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
Figure--Head  Search this
Dress--Accessory--Hat  Search this
State of Being--Phenomenon--Surreal  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002663
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132115

La Recherche de l'Absolu [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Title:
Search for the Absolute [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)
Artist:
Magritte, Rene 1898-1967  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1960
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
State of Being--Phenomenon--Surreal  Search this
Landscape--Tree  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002671
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Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132123

La Lyre d'Heraclite [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)

Title:
Heraclitus's Lyre [painting] / (photographed by Walter Rosenblum)
Artist:
Magritte, Rene 1898-1967  Search this
Photographer:
Rosenblum, Walter 1919-2006  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1963
Topic:
Robert Elkon Gallery  Search this
State of Being--Phenomenon--Surreal  Search this
Landscape  Search this
Object--Other--Bell  Search this
Image number:
ROS R0002740
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_132192

Rene Magritte: artist file, [photographs]

Artist:
Magritte, Rene 1898-1967  Search this
Physical description:
1 folder
Type:
Photograph
Artist files
Topic:
Art, Belgian  Search this
Image number:
VFM VF001881
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_140451

La place au soleil [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)

Title:
Place in the Sun [painting] / (photographed by Peter A. Juley & Son)
Artist:
Magritte, Rene 1898-1967  Search this
Type:
Photograph
Date:
1956
Topic:
State of Being--Phenomenon--Surreal  Search this
Object--Fruit--Apple  Search this
Figure male  Search this
Ethnic  Search this
Image number:
JUL J0017564
See more items in:
Photograph Study Collection
Data Source:
Photograph Study Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_jul_17564

Georgia O'Keeffe with Magritte Sculpture at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Creator:
Farrar, Richard  Search this
Subject:
O'Keeffe, Georgia 1887-1986  Search this
Magritte, René 1898-1967  Search this
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden  Search this
Smithsonian Institution Office of Public Affairs  Search this
Physical description:
Gelatin silver prints; 8 x 10;
Type:
Black-and-white photographs
Date:
1977
November 11, 1977
Topic:
Art--Exhibitions  Search this
Artists  Search this
Sculpture  Search this
Local number:
SIA RU000371 [92-1789]
Restrictions & Rights:
No access restrictions Many of SIA's holdings are located off-site, and advance notice is recommended to consult a collection. Please email the SIA Reference Team at osiaref@si.edu
No Known Copyright
Data Source:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_arc_397474

William Nelson Copley papers

Creator:
Copley, William Nelson, 1919-1996  Search this
Names:
Copley Galleries (Beverly Hills, Calif.)  Search this
Cornell, Joseph  Search this
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968  Search this
Ernst, Max, 1891-1976  Search this
Magritte, René, 1898-1967  Search this
Matta, 1912-2002  Search this
Ray, Man, 1890-1976  Search this
Tanguy, Yves, 1900-1955  Search this
Extent:
0.2 Linear feet
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Date:
1948-1967
Scope and Contents:
Papers and gallery records including photographs, writings, announcements and catalogs.
REEL 2709: Announcements and catalogs for exhibitions at The Copley Galleries, Beverly Hills, California, 1948-1949; 97 photographs, mostly of installations of exhibitions at the gallery, and a few of paintings by Man Ray, 1948; and an undated essay by Copley, "Portrait of the Artist as a Young Art Dealer," 51 pages in which he describes the brief one year history of the gallery, which exhibited the work of the Surrealists, including Joseph Cornell, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Rene Magritte, Roberto Sebastian Antonio Matta Echuarren, Man Ray, and Yves Tanguy.
REEL 861: Scrapbook, 1953-1967, in 3 volumes. Includes Copley's newspaper column; magazine clippings relating to his work and exhibits; and exhibition catalogs.
Biographical / Historical:
Painter, New York, N.Y. and gallery owner, Calif. Died May 1996.
Provenance:
Material on reel 2709 donated 1976, by William Copley; material on reel 861 lent for microfilming 1975 by Copley.
Restrictions:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Microfilmed materials must be consulted on microfilm. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Rights:
"Portrait of an Artist as a Young Art Dealer": Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Director, Centre Beauborg. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Occupation:
Painters  Search this
Gallery owners -- California  Search this
Topic:
Surrealism  Search this
Identifier:
AAA.coplwill
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
GUID:
https://n2t.net/ark:/65665/mw99d078059-2f27-4fa5-88d0-4b09e637242b
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-coplwill

Rétrospective René Magritte

Author:
Magritte, René 1898-1967  Search this
Kokuritsu Kindai Bijutsukan (Japan)  Search this
Kyōto Kokuritsu Kindai Bijutsukan  Search this
Belgium Ministère de l'éducation nationale et de la culture  Search this
Physical description:
1v.(unpaged) illus.(part col.) 24 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
1971
C1971
Call number:
N40.1.M21 K7
N40.1.M21K7
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_39619

An American connection : letters from René Magritte to William Copley and Barnet Hodes / Claude Goormans

Author:
Magritte, René 1898-1967  Search this
Copley, William Nelson 1919-1996  Search this
Hodes, Barnet 1900-1980  Search this
Goormans, Claude  Search this
Subject:
Magritte, René 1898-1967  Search this
Copley, William Nelson 1919-1996  Search this
Hodes, Barnet 1900-1980  Search this
Physical description:
191 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Type:
Correspondence
Place:
Belgium
United States
Date:
2015
20th century
Topic:
Surrealist artists  Search this
Art dealers  Search this
Lawyers  Search this
Surrealism  Search this
Painting, American  Search this
Painting, Belgian  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1058254

Magritte : attempting the impossible / Siegfried Gohr

Title:
Attempting the impossible
Author:
Gohr, Siegfried  Search this
Magritte, René 1898-1967  Search this
Subject:
Magritte, René 1898-1967 Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
323 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 34 cm
Type:
Books
Place:
Belgium
Date:
2009
C2009
Topic:
Surrealism  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_924792

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