Our Story

Liss Llewellyn was created in 1991 by Paul Liss and Sacha Llewellyn. Sourcing paintings directly from artists’ estates and private collections, for over 30 years, Liss Llewellyn has offered for sale museum quality works of art by some of the most significant talents of the 20th century. Many of these have been placed in public museums and galleries as well as purchased by some of the greatest private collectors of our day.

Our website is designed as both a resource for research and a marketplace. Working in association with museums worldwide, Liss Llewellyn has curated many groundbreaking monographic and thematic exhibitions. Each of these is accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, over ten of which have been long-listed for the William MB Berger Prize for Art History, (awarded to Sacha Llewellyn in 2017 for her monograph on Winifred Knights).

This is the only design that Ravilious ever produced specifically for wallpaper. It was made during the time he was a student at the Royal College of Art and gifted to his fellow artist Douglas Percy Bliss (1900-1984) in 1924. Together with Edward Bawden, these three artists lived and exhibited with one another; they exchanged ideas and techniques, and made pilgrimages to sites such as ‘Rat Abbey’ – Samuel Palmer’s run-down cottage in Shoreham – in order to study the local countryside. They were inseparable.

This design has only recently been unearthed having remained for the best part of 100 years, unrecorded, in Bliss’s studio.

In this, our latest announcement of new acquisitions, we are thrilled to offer for sale a selection of museum-quality works, sourced from artists’ estates and private collections.

The selection features a number of striking portraits, including David Jagger’s (1891-1958) The Silk Scarf (a portrait of film and stage actress Irene Dineley), an early Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) portrait of his artist brother, Gilbert, as well as a sensitive portrait by Hilda Carline (1889-1950) of her mother, Anne, in profile, shortly after Anne herself had taken up painting. Other works show recreational activities – or apparatus relating to them, such as John Bulloch Souter’s (1890-1972) Still Life of Fishing Nets, Evelyn Dunbar’s (1906-1960) illustration…

Following on from our Rowntree exhibition at the Fry Art Gallery in 2015, Liss Llewellyn are thrilled to be working in partnership with Harry Moore-Gywn once again as we present Kenneth Rowntree Revisited.

This will be a selling exhibition, and will contain the final offering of works from the Artist’s Estate – a number of which are available here for the very first time. Rowntree’s oeuvre is both influenced by and anticipates a wide variety of artistic styles, from Ravilious to David Hockney, from the Euston Road School to the Dadaism of Kurt Schwitters. His work, however, which is endlessly inventive and suffused with humour, remains unmistakably his own.

The exhibition will be at 6 Mason’s Yard (Duke Street, London, SW1Y 6BU) from the 9th – 22nd November, 2022.

Combing through musty studios and garrets has become a way of life for specialists Liss Llewellyn, whose Hidden Gems exhibition lays bare museum-grade works that have fallen into oblivion – more often than not by women.

In the months before Britain declared war on Germany, mural artist Evelyn Dunbar sat painting in her aunt’s Sussex garden. She captured the light falling through white blossom and green leaf on to the brown earth of a vegetable patch and the lawn it bordered. She painted the garden hedge running across…