The Fine Art Society, London’s oldest gallery, marks birthday

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    Edward Bawden, House at Ironbridge, 1956 Credit: The Fine Art Society

    London’s oldest art dealership the Fine Art Society – which is still based in its original location, a five-storey Mayfair townhouse in New Bond Street, London – celebrating its 140th anniversary this year.

    The gallery is set to mark the birthday with The Fine Art Society: A Celebration, from 6 to 7 June, a major exhibition over all five floors reflecting the gallery’s tastes and exhibiting history, past and present.

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    Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell, Iona white sands looking East, 1920 Credit: The Fine Art Society

    Among the artists on show will be  Edward Burne-Jones, Gluck, David Hockney, Augustus John, Paul Nash, Eric Ravilious and James McNeill Whistler and is part of a programme of exhibitions throughout 2016 celebrating the anniversary and highlighting the gallery’s prominence and connoisseurship in the history of the British art market.

    Other exhibitions will include Counterpoint, Modern Realism 1910-1950, from 9 to 27 May, pop artist Gerald Laing, from 19 September to 13 October, and contemporary light artist Chris Levine, from 8 November to  1 December.

    Founded in 1876 by a group of passionate art enthusiasts and collectors, The Fine Art Society quickly established itself as one of London’s leading art dealers and galleries, holding historic shows that have since entered the canon of art history. 


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