Our History
Clients have expressed interest in knowing the history of Williams & Son as its origin really began 100 years ago. Frederick C. Williams, the founder of Williams & Son, started his career in the world of art in 1906 at the French Gallery at 120 Pall Mall, one of the foremost galleries of that era. However it wasn’t until 1932 that F. C. Williams and his son Roland G. Williams opened a gallery called Williams & Son in Ryder Street, St. James’s.

Frederick C. Williams died in 1939 and after the war period R. G. Williams moved to 2 Grafton Street in 1945. His eldest son John R. Williams joined the firm in 1959 and subsequently became a partner. R. G. Williams retired in 1987 and the business continued under the ownership of John R. Williams. His daughter Nicola, the fourth generation, joined the gallery in 1999. We believe that the knowledge and experience passed down through the generations has been of great benefit to our clients and to the firm to this day.

Our Stock
Williams & Son has an extensive stock of 19th and 20th Century British and European paintings. This represents a sizeable investment by the gallery which is funded entirely with no external finance. We, therefore, carefully select each painting for its quality, subject and condition as well as its value.

We stock a broad range of artists – from Dutch Romantics, including Petrus van Schendel and the Koekkoek family to 20th Century British artists, such as Edward Seago, Montague Dawson, Sir William Russell Flint, Lamorna Birch and Dorothea Sharp. We also display a selection of English landscapes by B. W. Leader, F. W. Watts, S.R. Percy, A. A. Glendening and other Victorian artists. From the 1930s onwards, Williams & Son has handled the work of several popular living artists. Although these artists are no longer alive, we still specialize in the works of Edouard Cortes, Antoine Bouvard Sr, Jules Hervé, Johan Scherrewitz and Bernard Pothast.

Our Services
» We are pleased to offer clients advice on all areas of collecting; including framing, cleaning, lighting, hanging and insurance.

» We are happy to let clients view the paintings in their homes to ensure they are suitable for the chosen location.

» For purchases by overseas clients, a full packing service is carried out on the premises and paintings are regularly exported to the USA and all parts of the world.

» We are interested in purchasing fine paintings and are pleased to receive emailed images or photographs of the paintings, together with the title, date and size.




WILLIAMS & SON, 1c Royal Parade, Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3QD, England. (By Appointment Only).
Tel / Fax: + 44 (0) 20 8940 7333. E-Mail: art@williamsandson.com