THE GALLERY IS OPEN
10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm
Monday to Saturday.
You do not have to make an appointment to visit.
But, if you are coming to collect a picture or to view something you have seen online, please contact us first so we can make sure it’s ready/available for you.
30 Museum Street
– opposite the British Museum –
London, WC1A 1LH
0207 637 3981
WHO WE ARE
I studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute then worked as a Porter at Bonhams Auctioneers. I joined Abbott and Holder in 2003. Philip Athill and I established the Abbott and Holder Joint Venture for special projects in 2008, and I became a Director of Abbott and Holder Ltd in 2012. When Philip retired I became owner and Managing Director. I have two young daughters, so am keen to spend every spare minute with them, my wife and dog. But whenever the opportunity presents itself, I am straight in the swimming pool …
To provide beautiful and interesting pictures affordable from income was the aim of Robert Abbott and Eric Holder when they started dealing together in 1936. For eighty-five years it has remained our policy to stock pictures that are within the means of as broad a section of the population as possible. So, most of our stock of British pictures from c.1750 – c.2000 are priced between £100 and £5000.
The first of our famous ‘Lists’ was issued in 1942 as a way of introducing and publicising new acquisitions. Then, after World War II, Robert Abbott bought a large house in Castelnau Road that acted as both gallery and his home. The house, now famous in the history of collecting, became something of a Mecca for enthusiasts. The Partnership remained a family matter with the founder’s nephew, John Abbott, joining Eric Holder from 1971-81. Then in 1984 Philip Athill, who was already an Assistant, became a Partner. Philip and John moved the company to Museum Street in 1987 and added Paper Conservation to the business. On John’s retirement in 2001 we became a Limited Company of which Philip Athill was Managing Director. Tom Edwards joined the company in 2003 having read Art History at the Courtauld Institute. He became a Director in 2012. Philip Athill retired in 2021 and Tom Edwards is now owner and Managing Director.