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Belgian Gallery

In April 1875, William Michael Rossetti dismissively recorded the opening of the Belgian Gallery. “Mr. Gammon informs us in a neat circular: ‘This gallery has been formed at the request of the Belgian artists, whom I represented for many years at the International Exhibitions, and the collection comprises many of the finest productions of the eminent masters of that school.’ After visiting, at the private view on Saturday last, the cramped rooms wherein the pictures are collected, we cannot confirm Mr. Gammon’s estimate of them: on the contrary, they appear to us to be, in general calibre, slight, rough, and even rubbishy performances.” (“The Belgian Gallery,” Academy, 24 April 1875, 434.) Later reviews of the Belgian Gallery exhibitions took a more positive view of at least some of the pictures on view; the Art Journal singled out several works by Karl Gussow, including Widow and The Old Man’s Treasure as the “great feature” of the gallery (“The Belgian Gallery,” Art Journal, March 1877, 79). This latter work is currently in the collection of the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool []
and their website notes that it was “one of three paintings that Gussow exhibited at the Liverpool Autumn Exhibitions between 1879 and 1881.” It is interesting to note that another painting by Gussow in the Walker’s collection – The Oyster Girl (1882) – was once owned by a “Mr EJ Vaughan, barrister, of Crowborough, East Sussex, who died in or shortly after World War II.” []

buildings: image x of x thumbnailAddress: 112 New Bond Street  [ google maps ]

Start Date: 1877

End Date: at least 1880

Other Locations:
28 Old Bond St (1875-1877)


J. H. Gammon

E. J. Vaughan

Specialization: contemporary Belgian art

Selected exhibitions

See: “Exhibitions Associated with: Belgian Gallery”
Exhibition Culture in London 1878-1908, University of Glasgow

Exhibition catalogues: National Art Library, London (1878)


Fletcher, Pamela and Anne Helmreich. “Selected galleries, dealers and exhibition spaces in London, 1850-1939.” In The Rise of the Modern Art Market in London, 1850-1939. Eds. Pamela Fletcher and Anne Helmreich. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2011. 296.

How to cite:
Pamela Fletcher and David Israel, London Gallery Project, 2007; Revised September 2012.

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