Abbott and Holder
TypeArt dealers
Founded1936 (1936)
Founders
  • Robert Abbott
  • Eric Holder
Headquarters
30 Museum Street, Camden, London, England
51°31′04″N 0°07′33″W / 51.5178712°N 0.1259238°W / 51.5178712; -0.1259238Coordinates: 51°31′04″N 0°07′33″W / 51.5178712°N 0.1259238°W / 51.5178712; -0.1259238
Websitewww.abbottandholder-thelist.co.uk Edit this at Wikidata
Letterhead, as used in 1969, listing Eric Holder, John Abbott and Anna Holder
Letterhead, as used in 1969, listing Eric Holder, John Abbott and Anna Holder
Museum Street: Abbott and Holder is the fourth building in on the left with the pale blue frontage
Museum Street: Abbott and Holder is the fourth building in on the left with the pale blue frontage
Portrait of a boy by Harry Becker, offered for sale by Abbott and Holder in 2017.
Portrait of a boy by Harry Becker, offered for sale by Abbott and Holder in 2017.

Abbott and Holder is an art gallery and dealership in London, England, that specialises in low-price, 19th- and 20th-century English paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints.[1][2] The gallery has been located at 30 Museum Street, London WC1 since 1987.[1][3][4]

The company was founded by and named after Robert Abbott, a former headmaster and a Quaker minister,[5] and Eric Holder, a trainee accountant who had been a conscientious objector and ambulance driver in the First World War, and who was a lapsed Quaker.[5] The pair first dealt art jointly in 1936.[3][6] Robert retired on health grounds in 1959.[5] In 1969, Anna Holder was also listed on the company's letterhead. Robert's nephew John Abbott (1937-2011[5]), who had worked for the firm in the 1960s,[5] became a partner in 1971.[4] Eric Holder retired in 1981 and Philip Athill,[7] an art history graduate and assistant at the gallery from 1979,[5] eventually the company's Managing Director, became a partner in 1984.[4] John Abbott retired in 2001.[8] On 31 March 2021 Athill announced on the gallery's website that he had on his retirement passed the business to junior director Tom Edwards, thereby maintaining an unbroken line of successful partnership since 1936. [9]

Before moving to Museum Street, the gallery occupied part of a house at 73 Castelnau, Barnes, which was also Robert Abbott's home.[8][10]

As well as general sales, promoted with a monthly-updated "list", the gallery holds topical and artist-specific exhibitions,[11][12][13][14] occasionally including living artists.[15][16] In 1960, Eric Holder invited Reginald Gray to hold his first London solo exhibition at the gallery.[17] In 1961, Gray pained Holder's portrait.[17]

The gallery's clients have included the UK Government Art Collection[18] and Abbott and Holder's near neighbour, the British Museum.[19]

Abbott and Holder are members of the British Antique Dealers' Association.[20]

References

  1. ^ a b Gleadell, Colin (21 February 2006). "Under a grand: Abbott and Holder". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  2. ^ Pandya, Nick (13 December 2003). "Under the hammer: Art works". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Abbott and Holder Ltd". BADA. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Abbott and Holder Ltd". Royal Academy of Arts. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "John Abbott" (PDF). The Times. 28 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Abbott and Holder". Works on Paper Fair. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  7. ^ Philip is nephew and heir to literary editor, novelist and memoirist Diana Athill
  8. ^ a b "Gallery History". Abbott and Holder. Archived from the original on 9 February 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  9. ^ "The List". Archived from the original on 8 April 2021.
  10. ^ "History of art in Barnes". Barnes Artists. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  11. ^ James, David (2 April 2017). "An exhibition of work by RS Thomas' wife Mildred Eldridge". Wales Online. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  12. ^ "A spy with an eye for fashion". Christie's. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  13. ^ "From cartoons to Mediterranean art". Times of Malta. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  14. ^ "The Camp in the Oatfield". Abbott and Holder Ltd. Archived from the original on 30 December 2013.
  15. ^ "The ARTS Interview: Botanical Artist, Jess Shepherd". The Ecologist. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Abbott and Holder Ltd : Prue Cooper - Slipware dishes". Studio Pottery. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  17. ^ a b Gray, Reginald (15 November 2007). "Eric Holder". Reginald Gray Portraits. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  18. ^ "John Bluck - Twenty-four Views taken in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, The Red Sea, Abyssinia & Egypt". Government Art Collection. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  19. ^ "drawing". British Museum. Retrieved 8 February 2019.
  20. ^ "British Antique Dealers' Association". CINOA. Retrieved 10 February 2019.

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