Agnews

Agnews is a fine art dealership established in Manchester in 1817 by printer and publisher Thomas Agnew. Continued by his sons, the firm set up a gallery in London in 1860.

The business changed hands in 2014 when Anthony Crichton-Stuart, former head of Christie's Old Master Paintings department in New York and subsequently a director of Noortman Master Paintings, took over from Julian Agnew, the sixth generation dealer from the original family to run the firm.


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Hairy portrait bought by institution

02 January 2018

A 17th century portrait of a woman who suffered from a rare congenital condition resulting in excessive hair growth on the body has been acquired by the Wellcome Collection.

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Dealers sell rare portrait of bearded woman to Wellcome Collection

31 December 2017

London dealers Agnews and Rafael Valls have jointly sold a 17th century portrait of a woman who suffered from a rare congenital condition to the Wellcome Collection.

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Dealer Agnews holds exhibition of German artist Lotte Laserstein’s work 30 years after its first showcase

16 October 2017

In 1937, artist Lotte Laserstein’s (1898-1993) promising career in Berlin came to a halt.

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Celebrating Agnew’s northern roots… in London

30 May 2017

“It has to be accessible. We don’t want to over-egg it. Trying to make Old Masters ‘sexy’ is not going to happen. But there are ways to get people interested.”

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New owners for Agnew’s as National Gallery buy archive

10 March 2014

Just over a year since closing its Albemarle Street gallery, the long-established London art dealership Agnew’s has been acquired by new owners.

Decision to close firm a sign of the times, says Julian Agnew

12 February 2013

Mayfair gallery Agnew’s, the 195-year-old family business best known for Old Masters, will close on April 30 after exhibiting for the last time at ‘The European Fine Art Fair’ in Maastricht next month.

Agnew’s announce new chairman and new premises

14 December 2009

LONDON art dealers Agnew’s, who were founded in 1817, mark the new year with a new chief executive, new gallery and a new direction.

Agnews make historic move from Bond Street

28 April 2008

ONE of London’s oldest and most traditional art dealerships, Agnew’s, has sold its historic galleries in Bond Street and will downsize its Old Master paintings department to concentrate on contemporary art.

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Daniella and the Lonely Prophets come to Agnew’s in October

24 September 2007

OCTOBER will see Daniella Luxembourg, a leading art market figure, launch a major selling exhibition of early 20th century German art at Agnew’s.

Agnew’s scoop showcase exhibition of more than 80 Gainsboroughs

08 January 2003

A selection from one of the least known public collections in the country is going on exhibition in London for the first time. Eighty of the best pieces from the birthplace museum, Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, are being lent to the art dealers, Agnew’s in London.

Agnews case settled out of court

19 November 2002

The claim against London art dealers Agnews over a painting formerly attributed to Constable has been settled out of court. Sir Simon Day launched the claim over a series of free valuations carried out on the painting – Hampstead Heath: Branch Hill Pond – from 1975 until the late 1990s.

High Court ruling defends conventions of attribution

11 March 2002

THE conventions of attribution for paintings are safe after a High Court judge ruled in favour of Mayfair art dealers Agnew’s in a £1.5m claim by a disgruntled customer.

High Court ruling could redefine rules on attribution

18 February 2002

THE judgment in the £1.5m claim against Mayfair art dealers Agnew’s could have important repercussions for the rules and conventions on attribution in UK art sales.

Agnew’s fight £1.5m claim over Van Dyck attribution

05 February 2002

MAYFAIR art dealers Agnew’s are hotly contesting claims for a £1.5m refund over an Old Master which is at the centre of a dispute over who painted it.

Agnew’s open new gallery in Bond Street

11 December 2000

UK: AGNEW’S are set to open a new gallery for Contemporary art in Old Bond Street in January.

Agnew’s aim to harness young talent

05 June 2000

UK: AGNEW’S have strengthened their commitment to contemporary art with the appointment of Mark Adams as director in charge of the contemporary department.

Tax deal struck for Mariana

26 April 1999

UK: CHRISTIE’S and Agnew’s have confirmed that they have successfully negotiated the sale of the Millais masterpiece Mariana in the Moated Grange to the nation in lieu of tax.

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