T he Fine Art Society, one of London’s oldest commercial art galleries, relocated to Chelsea this year, after 142 years on New Bond Street. To celebrate this new beginning, it is offering over 300 works of art in an exceptional auction at its former Mayfair neighbour, Sotheby’s.
The sale in February 2019 will include pieces by some of the most prominent artists of the last 150 years. From James Abbott McNeil Whistler, who 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, these luminary artists’ histories are entwined with our society, helping tell the extraordinary story of this London institution.
"Throughout their history, The Fine Art Society has always embraced what is cutting edge and new, whilst never afraid of being a little unconventional and recherché at the same time,” said Harry Dalmeny, Sotheby’s UK Chairman.
“The radical approach of this New Bond Street gallery in the Victorian era provided the prototype for the modern 'white cube' art spaces we see across the world today. Now, this sale offers collectors the chance to buy their own piece of the history of this venerable London institution."
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 this historic institution on the evolution of the art market, that its story is in many ways also that of Bond Street, and of the wider London art world.