Thomas Joseph Larkin began his career as a civil engineer in Japan, where he acquired an interest and expertise in Japanese porcelain. He returned to London and opened the Japanese Gallery, to showcase and sell Japanese and Chinese art. The Japanese Gallery also held exhibitions of British water-colours, Western artists’ views of Japan, and occasional exhibitions of historical art. On 22 April 1901, an advertisement in the Times announced: “The Renaissance Galleries, 104, New Bond-street, W. Mr. T. J. Larkin begs to announce he has removed to the above spacious Galleries, where he is showing a choice collection of works of art.” (1) Larkin died in 1915, and the business was taken over by his son, Frederick J. Larkin.
Address: 104 New Bond St
Start Date: by 1901
End Date: at least 1914
Dealer: Thomas Joseph Larkin
Land of the Rising Sun: pictures of Japan by Messrs. John Varley and Chas E. Fripp, A.R.W.S. (1891) [NAL]
British Water-colour exhibition  [NAL]
One hundred and eleven drawings of birds, fish, flowers and views by the celebrated Japanese artist Watanabe Seitei  [NAL]
Pictures by early Dutch masters  [NAL]
A cruise on the Mediterranean by Tristam Ellis  [NAL]
National Art Library, London
British Library, London
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. 306-307.
“The Late Thomas Joseph Larkin.” Connoisseur 41 (1915), 232.
“Thomas Joseph Larkin.” Burlington Magazine 26 (March 1915), 263.
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.