ABOUT US

ABBOTT and HOLDER Ltd

Managing Director: Tom Edwards
Photography, Digital and Warehouse Manager: James McAuslan
Administrator: Lewis Langham
Framing: Mark Coakes
Accounts: Natalie Duff

Hours:
Although we cannot welcome visitors to the gallery at the moment, we continue to operate online and keep our office hours of 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday. We are contactable as usual by email (gallery@abbottandholder.co.uk) or telephone (020 7637 3981).

Address:
30 Museum Street
-opposite the British Museum-
London, WC1A 1LH
Tel: 0207 637 3981
Email: gallery@abbottandholder.co.uk

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VIEWING OUR STOCK

While the website has become a vital extension to our gallery in Museum Street, nothing can replace seeing the objects. So, we encourage you to visit, where the display changes most weeks and there are always hundreds of things to see.

If you want to see something you have spotted online it is essential you contact us – we will make sure it is available (we update the website once a month), and hanging. We are more than happy to hold pictures for an agreed time, while arrangements for a visit are made.

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OUR LISTS

Our Lists introduce at least 100 works to our large stock of oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints each month.

We are temporarily publishing them in TWO HALVES, in the first and third weeks of the month. Usually, those of you who are on the doorstep would get first go at the new stock, but given the times, we are treating email enquiries (gallery@abbottandholder.co.uk) in strict order of receipt. Please do call if you would prefer to talk to us about anything you see on the website, but we advise sending an email first if you would like it reserved. We are happy to hold works whils they are being considered; more images can easily be sent.

Images: These are intended as an indication of the work – please telephone or email  if you have any questions about the photograph’s relationship to the original. We are always happy to send further photos – frames, versos, inscriptions, something to give scale – so please do ask. We reserve pictures for 48 hours while they are being considered.

Postage: Most works can be packed and posted, inland and abroad. Quotes can be sent.

Approval Service: We are happy to send works on approval, but this is subject to discussion.

 

Approval Service: We are happy to send works on approval, but this is subject to discussion.

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RECEIVING EMAIL ALERTS

If you would like to receive email alerts when ‘Lists’ are published and Exhibitions are announced, please contact us with your full name, email address and postal address (we send occasional cards and catalogues). Alternatively, you can fill out your email below here.
We NEVER share you information – see our Personal Data Policy.

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OUR HISTORY

To provide beautiful and interesting pictures affordable from income was the aim of Robert Abbott and Eric Holder’s partnership when they first dealt in 1936 during the Depression. For over eighty years it has remained our policy to stock pictures that are within the means of as broad a section of the population as possible. The equation between quality and price is a delicate one, and one that Abbott and Holder is constantly trying to balance. Most of our stock of oil paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints dating from 1750 to the present day are priced between £100 and £5000.

The first of our Lists was issued in 1942 as a means of introducing and publicising new acquisitions. Our dealing style really found its feet after World War II when Robert Abbott bought a large Castelnau Road house. This acted both as home to Robert Abbott, and gallery for the rapidly increasing stock and thus the informal, domestic display of pictures became established as our house style. In the days when supply outstripped demand and watercolours and drawings could be had for a few pounds, the house became something of a Mecca for enthusiasts. Customers were then, and still are, encouraged to take their time over decisions and to make as many visits as they need, getting to know us and the stock.

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, having read Art History at the University of East Anglia and was already an Assistant, became a Partner. We moved to the Museum Street building in 1987 and added a Paper Conservation Studio to the Business. On the retirement of John Abbott in 2001, Abbott and Holder became a Limited Company of which Philip Athill was Managing Director. Tom Edwards joined the company in 2003 and became a Director in 2013. On Philip Athill’s retirement in 2021, Tom became owner and Managing Director.

There are always hundreds of pictures, all are marked and priced, arranged on view over the two floors of our gallery and on our website. While it is necessary to ring the door bell, once greeted, visitors are left to explore at will. We are always on hand to answer any of the many questions that everyone considering a picture should ask, such as: Who is this artist? How do we know it is by him/her? Is it a good example? What is the condition? Why do we price it thus?

All our attributions are of course guaranteed and, should the attribution of a purchase prove inaccurate, we still offer not only a complete refund but also, as offered on the first List, a box of Black Magic chocolates by way of compensation.

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