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Carlton Galleries

An advertisement for the Carlton Gallery in the Connoisseur in October 1903 encouraged visitors, “If you are in London at any time, and are interested in fine Old and Modern Pictures and Antique Furniture, try and find the Carlton Gallery. It is somewhat difficult to find, but it is worth your while to find it.” The proprietors are listed as “Claude and Trevelyan,” names which appear in the exhibition catalogues and on private view invitations for the Gallery as well. In addition, a Mr. E. Trevelyan Turner is listed as the manager of the gallery in the catalogue for The Winter Exhibition 1902-1903 (London, 1902). Earlier exhibition catalogues listed the proprietors as “Borgen and Turner” (Catalogue of the exhibition of L. Raven Hill’s Work (London, [1895?]).

In the early twentieth-century, Claude and Trevelyan published “A Guide to the Carlton Gallery.” In the introduction, they explained, “The object of this little book is to bring to the notice of the reader the four cleverest Artists of the day.” In addition to profiles of Edward Tayler, E. F. Wells, Lynwood Palmer, and Gregory Robinson, the volume included press notices and short essays on “The Knowledge and Appreciation of Art,” “The Art of Restoring Pictures and Engravings” and “Copies and Reproduction of Pictures,” giving advice to readers and advising them of the services the Carlton Gallery could provide.  In addition to selling modern pictures, they also bought and sold old masters, and old and modern engravings; cleaned and restored paintings, engravings, and antique furniture; provided valuations of pictures; and manufactured frames.

Address: Pall Mall Place, St James's

Start Date: by 1902
End Date: at least 1913

Other Locations:
46 Pall Mall (by 1897 - at least 1900)

Mr. Borgen
Mr. E. Trevelyan Turner
Mr. Claude
Mr. Trevelyan [?]

Selected exhibitions:

The Work of L[eonard] Raven-Hill [1895?] [NAL]

Pictures by the late Charles Parsons Knight (1898) [NAL]

Collected work of Lynwood Palmer, Esq. [1899?] [NAL]

Collection of important pictures by Old and Modern masters: summer exhibition 1902 (1902) [NAL]

Important pictures by old masters: specially selected by Mr. Trevelyan Turner (1911) [NAL]

For more exhibitions, see: “Exhibitions associated with: Carlton Galleries”
Exhibition Culture in London 1878-1908, University of Glasgow

Exhibition catalogues

National Art Library, London (1895-1911)


A Guide to the Carlton Gallery (London: Claude and Trevelyan, 19--).

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

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