According to the National Portrait Gallery’s Directory of British bronze founders and plaster figure makers, the Bellman firm originally began with Vincent Bellman (c. 1796-1860), who was working as a plasterer and scagliola manufacturer by the 1830s. Upon Bellman’s death in 1860, the business was renamed Bellman and Ivey, under the direction of John Ivey (1794-1874). In the 1880s and 1890s, the firm exhibited and sold sculpture in its premises on Picadilly and then Old Bond Street. This may have been the result of the influence of Charles B. Carter (1856-1928?), a dealer in sculpture, who was associated with the business in the 1890s. (Times, 13 December 1892, 10) From the late 1880s until the early twentieth century, the firm regularly listed exhibitions of “Bronzes à cire perdue and Russian” and “Sculpture from Academy and Salon” in The Year’s Art.
Address: 37 Piccadilly
Start Date: by 1885
End Date: 1895
157B New Bond St (1896-at least 1901) (as Bellman, Ivey, and Carter's Sculpture Gallery)
Dealer: Charles B. Carter (1856-1928?)
Sculpture: marble – bronze - terra cotta by T. Nelson MacLean (1885)
(“Art Exhibitions,” Saturday Review, 1 August 1885, 154.)
For more exhibitions, see: “Exhibitions Associated with: Bellman, Ivey and Carter”
Exhibition Culture in London 1878-1908, University of Glasgow
Exhibition catalogues: National Art Library, London (1885)
“Bellman, Ivey and Carter Ltd.” Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951. University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/organization.php?id=msib1_1240314667] Accessed 16 July 2012.
British bronze sculpture founders and plaster figure makers, 1800-1980. National Portrait Gallery, London [http://www.npg.org.uk/research/programmes/british-bronze-founders-and-plaster-figure-makers-1800-1980-1/british-bronze-founders-and-plaster-figure-makers-1800-1980-b.php] Accessed 16 July 2012.
Unless otherwise noted, the documentation of a gallery’s start and end dates at a location is drawn from listings in The Year’s Art.