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        Letter from Dr. Barnes to Durand-Ruel

        Dr. Barnes worked with several art dealers to buy paintings for his collection. These dealers contributed to Dr. Barnes' knowledge and appreciation of art. While the doctor had strong relationships with some of these men, he also argued with some of them, which affected how he was able to purchase artwork. In this letter, Dr. Barnes discusses his goals for his art collection, saying “As you know it is my intention to have only important paintings in my collection.” The letter also reveals some of Dr. Barnes' business practices: he would return paintings he didn't want or grew tired of for a refund or for credit towards new paintings.


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