1876 - ?

The Fine Art Society was founded in 1876, a gallery based in both New Bond Street, London and in Edinburgh's New Town and quickly established a reputation as one of the most respected commercial galleries in London. The London gallery closed its doors in August 2018 after being occupied by The Fine Art Society since February 1876. In London, the firm published reproductive engravings, and exhibited and sold paintings and drawings, primarily by British artists, including John Everett Millais, Frederic Leighton, Elizabeth Thompson, Helen Allingham, and James McNeill Whistler. The gallery was one of the first to include substantial critical essays in their exhibition catalogues, including essays by John Ruskin and Frederic G. Stephens. Edinburgh now handles exceptional works of British art and design and are leading specialists in Scottish art from the 1700s onwards and London-based artists of the Victorian, Edwardian, and interwar periods. They have established relationships with museums and institutions around the world. As one of the oldest fine art dealers in the UK, they continue to handle many of the most influential artists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Their base in the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town is an impressive and expansive two-floored gallery space, including a framing and conservation studio.