The Chris Beetles Gallery is one of London’s most popular commercial art galleries, specialising in traditional British watercolours, illustrations, oils, sculptures and photographs. The gallery was opened by Chris Beetles in 1975, and has been based in St James’s, London’s famous art dealing district, since 1984.
It maintains the greatest stock of illustrations in the world, with large holdings of original artwork by all the great illustrators, including Louis Wain, Arthur Rackham, William Heath Robinson, E H Shepard, Ronald Searle and Norman Thelwell. It is also the exclusive representative of Quentin Blake, Peter Brookes of The Times and Matt of the Daily Telegraph.
The Chris Beetles Gallery has done much to popularise this rapidly growing collector’s area, and every November stages ‘The Illustrators’, a celebration of the medium with over 1000 pictures for sale. The catalogues produced for this and other exhibitions comprise the definitive literature on the subject, bought by libraries and museums around the world.
The Chris Beetles Gallery holds the country’s largest stock of 18th, 19th and 20th century British watercolours specialising, in particular, in Thomas Rowlandson, members of The Old Water Colour Society, Hercules Brabazon Brabazon, Albert Goodwin and S R Badmin. Additionally, it represents a select group of traditional contemporary artists. Widely known for its expertise in watercolours, the Chris Beetles Gallery also deals significantly in oils and sculptures. The gallery manages the estate of the popular sculptor, Sydney Harpley RA.
Specialist exhibitions change on a monthly basis, while a permanent display of the full range of stock is maintained on the other floors of this bright, dynamic space. A complete framing service and advice on valuation and restoration are available on site.
In 2011, Chris Beetles Fine Photographs opened in Swallow Street, off Piccadilly, to house the gallery's photographic stock. It is now firmly established as one of the finest photography galleries in London.
Website : http://www.chrisbeetles.com/
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