About us

We have an international reputation as the specialist dealer in British art with an emphasis on paintings, watercolours, drawings and sculpture of the seventeenth to mid-nineteenth centuries.

Lowell Libson Ltd is recognised for handling works of outstanding quality backed with exceptional scholarship and as a result we count many leading American, European and British museums and private collectors amongst our regular clients. The gallery exhibits at TEFAF, Maastricht and Masterpiece, London, as well as holding an annual exhibition in New York every January. We produce a full scholarly catalogue of highlights from our inventory annually, which can be downloaded from the catalogues page.

We believe passionately in advancing scholarship in British art and actively support art historical research in both Britain and America. We sponsor the Lowell Libson Fellowship, an annual post-doctoral scholarship at the Drawing Institute at the Morgan Library, New York. In 2012-13 this was awarded to Dr Matthew Hargraves of the Yale Center for British Art, who researched British and German Romanticism resulting in the exhibition A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscape from Britain and Germany at the Courtauld Gallery, London and Morgan Library, New York. We have recently agreed to help support the construction of the Courtauld Gallery’s first dedicated drawings gallery which is due to open in early 2015. We are delighted to also be supporting Dr Richard Stephens’s pioneering website The Art World in Britain 1660 – 1735, a database which is changing the research landscape of early British art.

The gallery has sponsored a number of important exhibitions in recent years including: Thomas Gainsborough’s Landscapes at the Holburne Museum, Bath, 2011; Constable, Gainsborough, Turner and the Making of Landscape at the Royal Academy, 2012; Joseph Wright of Derby: Bath and Beyond at the Holburne Museum, Bath, 2014; Great British Drawings at the Ashmolean, Oxford, 2015, Jonathan Richardson By Himself at The Courtauld Gallery, 2015 and Jean-Etienne Liotard at The Royal Academy, 2015-2016. We have also mounted several significant loan exhibitions in Clifford Street including Masterpieces of English Watercolours & Drawings from the National Gallery of Scotland and of works by Thomas Rowlandson drawn from British private collections.

Lowell Libson and his colleagues believe that the process of acquiring a work of art should be an enjoyable and stimulating experience and pride themselves on having created a gallery that offers clients the opportunity to discuss and view pictures in discreet and comfortable surroundings. We have a carefully selected stock of the highest quality and interest within a wide price range and we act as both principals and agents in the purchase and sale of works of art giving clients great flexibility and choice. We are able to offer advice on all aspects of collecting pictures. This includes the purchase and sale of works of art as well as conservation, restoration, framing, lighting and hanging. We can also provide a complete curatorial service for collections.

Visitors are always welcome at the gallery which is located on the second floor of an attractive building dating from the 1880s situated between New Bond Street and Savile Row. Although we are generally open on weekdays we operate on a ‘by appointment’ basis, to ensure that we can give our visitors our best attention.

Lowell Libson

Lowell Libson has over forty years art market experience as a dealer and is regarded as a leading authority on British art of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Lowell began his career as a picture specialist at Phillips before becoming a director of the Leger Galleries. In 1996 Lowell was appointed Managing Director of Spink-Leger Pictures before founding his own private gallery in 2001. He is chairman of London Art Week, a trustee of Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury and a member of the executive committee of the Walpole Society. In 2011 he was appointed a member of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest.

Jonny Yarker

Jonny Yarker is a director of the gallery and has a considerable reputation as a scholar of British painting and the Grand Tour. He has published widely, contributing to a number of publications on the Grand Tour including: Digging and Dealing in Eighteenth Century Rome (Yale, 2010); The English Prize, the capture of the Westmorland, an incident of the Grand Tour (Yale, 2012) and the recent exhibition: Richard Wilson (1713-82): A European Master (Yale 2014). Jonny, who completed a PhD at Trinity College, Cambridge, has held academic fellowships in America, London, and most recently, Rome. He is currently working on an account of the life and activities of the banker and dealer Thomas Jenkins (1722 - 1798) entitled The Business of the Grand Tour

Deborah Greenhalgh

Deborah Greenhalgh has a long and valuable experience in the art world.  Initially a cataloguer in the 19th century picture department at Phillips, she subsequently worked for a number of prominent London dealers including Nevill Keating Pictures Ltd, where she was a researcher for several years, tribal art specialist Michael Graham-Stewart, and Christopher Wood. She joined Lowell Libson Ltd in 2008.

Cressida St Aubyn

Cressida St Aubyn is the gallery manager, she is responsible for the day to day running of the gallery. She previously occupied roles within the PR and Finance sector after graduating from the University of Leeds with a degree in History.