Summer : The Fine Art Society in London
"The Fine Art Society...where beautiful things are as plentiful as blackberries in September"
In 1896, not twenty-five years after the company had opened, the arts editor of The Sketch penned this lovely phrase, describing our galleries as he was guided around admiring 'the many prints, curios and pictures there enshrined.'
Very little has changed in the interim period as we still stock many fine examples of artworks from that time, including James McNeill Whistler, Walter Greaves and Gilbert Bayes, but also incorporating the much wider scope of artworks and artists that the twentieth century has to offer. Early artworks include designs by Orlando Greenwood, etchings and lithographs by Gerald Brockhurst, early works by Bertram Nicholls and Julian Trevelian and surrealist pictures by John Armstrong.
Amongst the finest pictures on view is a substantial work by the Modern British artist Mark Gertler titled Fishes. Completed only 2 years before his death, it is a vibrant still life, using pure, unmodulated purple, blue, yellow and rusty orange to bring the image to life.
The Fine Art Society on Carnaby Street is open by appointment. To book your visit, click here.
David BombergLandscape, Cornwall, 1947signed 'Bomberg'
oil on paper
30.5 x 42 cm 12 x 16 1/2 inches
Mark GertlerFishes, 1937signed and dated lower left 'M. Gertler 37"oil on canvas34 1/8 x 44 1/8 in
86.7 x 112.1 cm
Spencer Frederick GoreA Garden Square in Camden Town, 1910oil on canvas
52 x 60 cm 20 1/2 x 23 5/8 inches
Orlando GreenwoodDesign for Liberty Fabrics publicity, c.1920pen, ink and gouache11 3/4 x 5 1/2 in
30 x 14 cm
Augustus Edwin John OMIda Nettleship, 1902signed JohnInk and wash on paper11 1/4 x 5 1/4 in
28.5 x 13.2 cm
Orlando GreenwoodDesign for Liberty Fabrics publicity, c.1920pen, ink and gouache10 1/4 x 5 1/2 in
26 x 14 cm
Eric RaviliousNewhaven Harbour, 1937autolithograph in colours, on machine made lithographic cartridge paper, unsigned as issued, from the proposed edition of approximately 400, printed by Curwen Press Ltd., London, published by Contemporary Lithographs Ltd., LondonLithograph22 1/8 x 31 7/8 in
56 x 81 cm
Christopher DresserSake bottle , 1880For Linthorpe Art Pottery
impressed maker's marks LINTHORPE/ HT (Henry Tooth) and indistinct impressed facsimile signatureglazed earthenware8 1/4 x 3 1/2 in
21 x 9 cm
Attr. John PearsonArts and Crafts Mirror, c.1900hammered copper and mirror glass13 3/8 x 13 3/8 in
34 x 34 cm
Christopher Dresser, Propeller vase, c.1880
Maxwell Ashby ArmfieldThree featherssigned with the artist’s monogram and numbered 'OP / 253'tempera on canvas laid on board10 x 12 1/8 in
25.3 x 30.5 cm
Gilbert Bayes FRBSPlaster of The Sea-King's Daughter, 1913Signed and dated, GILBERT BAYES 1913Black patinated plaster19 3/4 x 19 3/4 x 10 5/8 in
50.2 x 50.2 x 27 cm
Denis MitchellAbstract Composition, c 1951signed and indistinctly numbered from edition of 10woodcut9 3/4 x 9 7/8 in
24.8 x 25.2 cm
John ArmstrongWindow, 1966oil on canvas35 1/2 x 28 in
90.2 x 71.1 cm
John ArmstrongCostume design for St. George Seeking the Truth, 1943signed, dated, and annotated on reverse by artistdecoupage10 x 8 1/2 in
25.4 x 21.6 cm
John ArmstrongStill life with Pots, Apples and Oranges, 1961signed and datedoil on canvas12 1/8 x 17 7/8 in
30.5 x 45.5 cm
John ArmstrongHollow Forms, 1968oil on canvas11 1/2 x 29 1/2 in
29.2 x 74.9 cm
Julian TrevelyanMountain Village, Italy, 1930signed
oil on board
32 x 40.5 cm 12 5/8 x 16 inches