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Provides a definitive portrait of Lord Duveen of Millbank, the twentieth century's leading art dealer, describing his rise to success in the art world, work with Old Masters paintings, rise to the upper levels of British society, influence at Buckingham palace, and controversial use of art espionage to discover his clients' tastes.
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"By far the best account of Joseph Duveen's life in a biography that is rich in detail, scrupulously researched, and sympathetically written. [Meryle Secrest's] inquiries into early-twentieth-century collecting whet our appetite for a more general history of the art market in the first half of the twentieth century."
-John Brewer, "The New York Review of Books
"Detailed and fascinating."
-Edmund Fawcett, "Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Secrest paints an engrossing picture of the art-dealing world, fraught with intrigues, betrayals and lawsuits, to say nothing of fakes, forgeries, and misattributions...A fascinating story, well told."
"A new, accurate, evenhanded account of Duveen's glamorous career."
-Michael Peppiatt, "New York Times Book Review
Meryle Secrest was born and educated in Bath, England, and now lives in Washington, D.C. She has written biographies of Romaine Brooks, Bernard Berenson, Kenneth Clark, Salvador Dalí, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Stephen Sondheim, among others.
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