The Fine Art Society at Sotheby's

An Auction to Celebrate 142 Years on New Bond Street
December 13, 2018
The Fine Art Society at Sotheby's

After 142 years on New Bond Street, the gallery made the momentous decision to relocate from our iconic Mayfair space earlier this year. To mark this new chapter, we are to offer over 300 works in an auction at Sotheby’s in February. Since our foundation in 1876, The Fine Art Society has championed living artists, either bringing their work to the public’s attention for the first time, or presenting it in unexpected ways. Such has been the impact of our gallery on the evolution of the art market, that our story is in many ways also that of Bond Street, and of the wider London art world. 

The sale in February 2019 will include pieces by some of the most prominent artists of the last 150 years. From James McNeil Whistler, whose ideas influenced not only the art world but also the broader culture of the late 19th-century, to the ‘godfather’ of British Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake, luminary artists whose histories are entwined with that of the Society will help tell our extraordinary story. 

When gallery's founders signed the lease on ‘a fancy goods shop’ at number 148 New Bond Street in 1876, they were the first gallerists to set up in an area which has now become the centre of London’s art world (Sotheby’s moved in across the road in 1917). When we commissioned the progressive English architect-designer E.W. Godwin to redesign the this five-story Mayfair townhouse in 1881, we became the first gallery to commission a purpose built gallery space. In the same year, when we launched major shows of Samuel Palmer and John Everett Millais, we became pioneers of the ‘one-man exhibition’. And when in 1883 we allowed Whistler to hang his Venetian etchings (a project commissioned by the gallery), in a continuous line, single-hung, on white felt walls, this was the start of our modern concept of how exhibitions and art galleries should look.

For more information about the sale on the5th February 2019, 
please follow these links.

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