Dealer Profile:
The O'Shea Gallery

The first in a series of profile, written by the dealers themselves
The O'Shea Gallery has been dealing in antiquarian prints and maps in London for over thirty years and four years ago moved to its elegant new premises in Mayfair.  It is a member of both the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (The ABA) and the British Antique Dealers' Association (The BADA).  It holds regular exhibitions in the gallery and also exhibits at many of the major antiques fairs both in London and America.  The gallery deals neither in reproductions or restrikes and all the prints and maps are guaranteed over 100 years old.

The stock of maps is subdivided by continent, country and county and can be viewed alongside corresponding folders of topographical views of the area.  Written stock lists are available upon request and photographs can also be supplied if necessary.  Quantity of stock available will vary according to the country chosen but for most parts of the world maps are available from the early seventeenth century up until the mid nineteenth century.


The stock of antiquarian prints is extensive and covers subjects such as natural history, sporting, marine, architecture, caricature and interior design.  Prints are offered for sale both individually and in sets and can be seen both framed and unframed.  The majority of the prints date from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and the collection comprises all the major methods of engraving including mezzotint, aquatint, lithograph, stipple and etching.

Clients of the gallery come from both the private and corporate sectors and a service is available for interior designers, art consultants, corporate buyers and architects.  Detailed records are kept of every transaction made to ensure that clients receive a personal and efficient service as they build up their collection over the years.

The gallery mounts and frames all its own stock and offers a full framing service to its clients.  There are hundreds of frames and mounts from which to chose and there is always expert advice on hand to ensure that the right decision is made for a particular map or print.  In addition to the normal selection of mouldings the gallery prides itself on its extensive range of hand painted, gold leafed and veneered frames. Period frames are preserved wherever possible and in all cases the gallery tries to ensure that the frame compliments what is inside rather than competes with it.  Other services available include restoration, valuation and general advice on the collecting, hanging and caring for maps and prints,

Members of the gallery regularly give talks on areas of particular interest and study groups are always encouraged to visit the gallery.

In the last couple of years the gallery has held several highly successful contemporary exhibitions.  Foremost among these has been the cartoonist Annie Tempest and her Country Life cartoon strip, "Tottering-by-Gently".  These cartoons gently lampoon the lifestyle of the English upper classes and afford a hilarious glimpse behind the scenes with the hunting, fishing and shooting crowd.  The gallery stocks all Annie Tempest's original watercolours and has also produced a series of over 40 prints of her work.  These are available through the gallery, by catalogue and at the Tottering web site

The O'Shea Gallery,
120A, Mount Street,
London W I Y 5HB.
Telephone 0171 629 1122
Facsimile 0171 629 1116

Nearest Underground stations: Green Park and Bond Street
Nearest Bus routes: 137 / 22 / 19

Hours of opening:
Monday - Friday 9.30 - 6.00
Saturday 9.30 - 1.00

The O'Shea Gallery will be exhibiting at the
Grosvenor House Antiques Fair
9-15 June 1999
Grosvenor House
Park Lane
London W1