The Fine Art Society opened its doors on the 14th February 1876. Our early history is rich with the names of great figures in the art world who showed with or became involved with the gallery. Two artists in particular changed the direction of the company, which was originally set up to sell and publish prints. Whistler and Palmer did not sell us the copyright to their work, so that we could employ an engraver to make a print reproducing their paintings. Instead we published their original etchings. Ever since then prints have played an important role in our history and we continue to deal in the work of many of the finest print makers of the nineteenth century, including Robert Bevan, William Blake, Edward Calvert, Charles Meryon, and Theodore Roussel, as well as Whistler and Palmer.
Our relationship to Decorative Art and Design is no different. Since Edwin Godwin designed our façade, we have dealt in works by both British and European pioneers of nineteenth century decorative arts and furniture design including A.W.N. Pugin, Owen Jones, E.W. Godwin, Archibald Knox, Christopher Dresser, and C. F. Voysey. These artists, designers, fabric makers and craftsmen highlight the vitality of forms developed in decorative arts at the end of the Victorian era, and we continue to trade in their furniture, architectural pieces, glass ceramics, and metalwork.
British painting changed dramatically in the late nineteenth century, producing many groups and movements that we worked with and played a large hand in promoting. To this day we deal in works of art of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood; John Lavery and The Glasgow Boys; The British Impressionists such as Walter Sickert and Alfred Sisley; British Orientalists, and Arts and Crafts and Aesthetic Movement artists such as William Morris and William De Morgan.
Sculpture has also played a central role at gallery particularly The New Sculpture movement and the works of Sir Alfred Gilbert, Edward Onslow Ford, Sir William Hamo Thornycroft, Harry Bates, Alfred Drury, Sir Bertam Mackennal and Sir George Frampton.
We deal in the work of the following 19th century artsits,
Frederick Cayley Robinson, Harry Clarke, Sir George Clausen, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones, William De Morgan, Chritopher Dresser, Stanhope Forbes, Edward Onslow Ford, Sir George Frampton, Sir Alfred Gilbert, Edward W. Godwin, Thomas Cooper Gotch, Archibald Knox, Henry Herbert La Thangue, Sir John Lavery, Edward Lear, Sir Frederic Leighton, John Linnell, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Paul Maitland, William McTaggart, Albert Moore, Sir William Nicholson, Henry Nelson O’Neil, Samuel Palmer, AWN Pugin, David Roberts, Paul Sandby, Walter Sickert, Alfred Sisley, William Stott of Oldham, Sir William Hamo Thornycroft, Jacques Tissot, Henry Scott Tuke, Anton Van Wouw, James Ward.
Please contact the gallery for specific enquiries regarding valuations and sales.