Established in Cork Street since 1993, and founded thirty years earlier, Messum's is an independent family firm specialising in British art from the 19th Century to the present day. Long recognised as an academic and market leader in British Impressionism and the Newlyn and St Ives Schools, in 1980 the gallery began exhibiting contemporary art.

In addition to our London gallery on Cork Street and the sculpture garden in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, Johnny Messum has opened Messum’s Wiltshire, a gallery and arts centre based in an historic 14th century barn at Tisbury, Wiltshire.

We have also collaborated with international galleries to promote British art abroad, most recently with shows in New York, Toronto and Melbourne.

Messums is a member of the British Antique Dealers Association and the Society of London Art Dealers.

Our expert team is qualified to advise collectors on framing, valuations,

research, collection management, conservation and installation.

Contact a member of our team directly using the details below

or contact the Gallery on:

+44 (0)20 7437 5545 or


David Messum

Founder and Chairman

After starting his career at Christie’s, followed by a short spell running Bonhams Picture Department, David Messum first started his own art business in 1963 with a shop in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire. Galleries at Beaconsfield, Windsor, Bury Street St. James's and St. George Street followed before opening in Cork Street in 1993.

Helping to pioneer international interest in the Newlyn School from as far back as 1975, David Messum produced the first book on British Impressionism in 1988. Further monographs and group studies followed as his gallery developed a strong reputation for beautifully-produced publications.

As Chairman, David has continued to run the company, specialising in British paintings from around 1880 to the present day. The gallery provides a major showcase for contemporary art, particularly in Cork Street, with over a dozen shows annually, each supported by a fully illustrated catalogue as well as online exhibitions.

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    Andrea Gates


    Prior to joining Messum’s as Chief Researcher and Archivist in 2011, Andrea was a Specialist in Old Master Drawings at Christie’s and Director at Matthiesen & Gates Ltd. She became a Director in 2013 and is responsible for researching and writing exhibition catalogues as well as curating exhibitions with David. She holds an MA in Art History from the University of Washington.

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    Michael D.L. Child


    Michael Child first joined David Messum in 1967 and with David has helped develop the gallery's reputation as market leaders in early Newlyn School and British Impressionist paintings. His specialist knowledge is recognised within the trade and his role as consultant involves looking after the gallery's special clients. 

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    Sandy Mallet

    Gallery Director

    Before joining Messum’s in 2017, Sandy worked at the Modern British gallery Jonathan Clark Fine Art, having previously headed up a department at Sotheby’s, after time spent in arts publishing and television. He is also an experienced exhibitions curator, with shows at the V&A, Southampton City Art Gallery and around the UK, and has written widely on Modern British art and the art world. He studied History of Art at the University of East Anglia.

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    Brendan Cooper

    Gallery Manager

    Brendan gained experience and knowledge in the art world working for his parents in their Old Master framing and restoration business, before completing an internship at Christies in the Old Masters department. After several years working in the fine art logistics industry he joined the Messum’s team. Brendan joined Messum’s in 2016 as the Sales Manager. His responsibilities include fine art logistics, client relationships and sales enquiries.

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    Gallery Assistant

    After graduating from Trinity College, Dublin, with a degree in Art History and Architecture, Martha studied in Israel, focusing on Middle Eastern and 20th century art. Since arriving in London, she has worked with the Royal Collection Trust, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and Dickinsons Fine Art. She grew up in rural Ireland.

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    Jo Orchard

    Registrar, Projects and Design Manager

    With over 28 years’ experience in book and brochure design, Jo came to Messum’s in 2011. Now responsible for managing the artworks, projects and design, she has a close relationship with both artists and authors alike.

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    Gill Reeve

    Head of Accounts

    Gill joined Messum's as Head of Accounts in 2006. Apart from day to day transactions, the company looks after twenty different artists’ accounts as well as fifteen artists’ estates. Her personal attention to these has won her a reputation for complete reliability.

With over 50 years of art market experience, Messum’s has helped numerous institutions and private collectors with the sale and purchase of British art. Our Directors hold extensive experience from auction houses, galleries and private sales and have cultivated an international network of collectors and vendors.

We can advise on British pictures and sculpture from c. 1750 to 1950, with renowned expertise in the period between 1880 and 1940.

We also specialise in the repatriation of British and Australian works of art, working closely with a network of contacts in both countries. 

Private brokerage offers a number of advantages not available through auction. We prioritise your interests as the seller and offer a sliding commission rate based on the value of the work.

If you would like to discuss selling an artwork through Messum’s, please contact or call 020 7437 5545. 

We have recently sold works by the following artists:



  • Sir John Arnesby Brown

  • Adrian Berg

  • Norman Blamey

  • Lionel Bulmer

  • Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell

  • Alan Cotton

  • William Brooker

  • Norman Blamey

  • Sir Frank Brangwyn

  • Fred Brown

  • George Clausen

  • Frank Dobson

  • Stanhope Alexander Forbes

  • Elizabeth Armstrong Forbes

  • Fred Hall

  • Edwin Harris

  • Harold Harvey

  • Charles Napier Hemy

  • Patrick Heron

  • Roger Hilton

  • Rose Hilton

  • Ivon Hitchens

  • Gwen John

  • Augustus John

  • Lucy Kemp-Welch

  • Laura Knight

  • Samuel John Lamorna Birch

  • H.H. La Thangue

  • Sir John Lavery

  • John Miller

  • Sir Alfred Munnings

  • Mary Potter

  • Dod Procter

  • Ernst Procter

  • Miles Richmond

  • William Scott

  • Dorothea Sharp

  • Walter Sickert

  • Solomon J. Solomon

  • Sir Stanley Spencer

  • Philip Wilson Steer

  • Graham Sutherland

  • Henry Scott Tuke

  • Edward Wilkins Waite