HISTORY

The O’Shea Gallery

Raymond O’Shea of The O’Shea Gallery was originally one of London’s leading antiquarian map and print dealers. With over 40 years experience dealing in antiquarian prints, maps and books he has acted as president of the British Antique Dealers’ Association as well as holding numerous other high profile positions in the art and antiquarian world. Over the years The O’Shea Gallery could be found in some of London’s prime locations with the first gallery on Ellis Street in Belgravia, after which it was moved to Lower Sloane Street in Chelsea. The third gallery was on Mount Street in Mayfair and most recently The O’Shea Gallery could be found at No.4 St.James’s Street, St.James’s. Each gallery hosting a range of well-remembered exhibitions ranging from ‘Cartographic Curiosities’ to ‘Eat, drink, laugh and grow fat’. Historically, antiquarian galleries sponsored and promoted contemporary artists who they felt complimented their recognised areas of specialisation. It was in this tradition that Raymond O’Shea first contacted Country Life magazine to see if Annie Tempest would like to be represented and sponsored by his gallery. In 1995 he was appointed agent for Annie Tempest’s Tottering-by-Gently originals and publisher of her books. In 2003, the antiquarian side of his business was put on hold and the St.James’s Street premises were finally converted to The Tottering Drawing Room at The O’Shea Gallery. It became the flagship of a worldwide operation that syndicated and licensed illustrated books, prints, stationary, champagne, jigsaws, greeting cards, ties and much more. It has even launched its own fashion range of tweeds and shooting accessories under the label Gently Ltd.

Raymond O’Shea by Annie Tempest

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