- Also known as
Fine Art Society
primary name: Fine Art Society
other name: The Fine Art Society
- organisation; institution/organisation; dealer/auction house; publisher/printer; British
- Other dates
- 1876- (Established)
- 148 New Bond Street, London W1S 2JT (1885-present)
- Fine art dealers and print publishers. Set up as a joint-stock company, and initially managed by Marcus Bourne Hewish. Huish (1843-) was trained as a lawyer, then woked as an editor, journalist and critic; involved both in print trade and in selling Japanese works in London.Ruskin was a share-holder. Initially relied on print publishing, but increasingly moved into contemporary picture dealing, with exhibitions of single artists.
Another early employee was Ernest G Brown, who began career with the print publishers Seeley, Jackson & Halliday, joined FAS in 1879, left in c.1904. He was the main link with Whistler.
- Hilarie Faberman, 'The Best Shop in London: the FAS and the Victorian Art Scene', in Susan P. Casteras & C.Denney (eds), 'The Grosvenor Gallery' 1996, pp.147-58.
'The FAS Story' 2001 (published in two parts)
Patricia de Montfort in C.Gould & S.Mesplède, 'Marketing art in the British Isles 1700 to the present', Ashgate 2012, pp.147-63.