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  • LEADING SPECIALISTS IN MODERN BRITISH ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY As an academic and an art dealer since the 1990s, James Hyman...



    As an academic and an art dealer since the 1990s, James Hyman has built a reputation as a leading expert on modern British art and photography.


    James received his doctorate on Twentieth Century British Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and the gallery builds on this specialist expertise to focus on British Art since 1945 with a particular focus on figurative painting, especially by the “School of London”.


    James Hyman Gallery combines this scholarship with a personal and discrete service tailored to the individual requirements of each collector.  The gallery also has an international reputation for its important vintage photographs from the 19th and 20th century.

  • James is an art historian and art dealer. He received his PhD from the Courtauld Institute (University of London) and is a leading authority on twentieth century British art, especially the painters of the  ”School of London”. His doctorate on the subject was published as The Battle for Realism. Figurative Art in Britain during the Cold War (Yale University Press, 2001).


    With his wife Claire he is a leading collector of photography.

    Details of the British photographs in their collection can be found here: 

    THe Hyman Collection


    James is a trustee of the Robin and Inge Hyman Charitable Trust, The Hyman Foundation, and the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation.

    More details can be found here:

     The Hyman Foundation



    James Hyman Fine Art is one of the leading specialists in Twentieth Century British Art. We specialise in Twentieth Century painting, especially by the Camden Town School, St Ives artists, Kitchen Sink painters and the School of London; Sculpture, especially by the post-war Geometry of Fear Sculptors; British Pop Art; and limited edition prints. In addition to our substantial inventory of artworks, we are proud to represent a select group of Artists and Estates. We exclusively represent Derrick Greaves as well as the Estates of Peter de Francia, Nigel Henderson, Robert Medley and Edward Middleditch.



    James Hyman Photography is the leading specialist in London in vintage photographs from the nineteenth century and early twentieth century. We hold a substantial inventory of rare vintage photographs from the early days of British and French photography, through European and American Modernism, and on to the present. We frequently sell and loan works to museums and discreetly source works for private collectors across the world. We also specialise in British Photography and represent many of the most important contemporary British Photographers, especially those engaged in forms of subjective or contemporary documentary practice. We are also proud to represent the celebrated French New Wave photographer Raymond Cauchetier and to work with the Estate of Andre Kertesz.


    In addition to exhibitions, art fairs and scholarship, James Hyman’s core business is as an art advisor, supplying bespoke, expert advice to first time and experienced collectors.


    As well as working closely with private collectors we regularly sell and loan to Museums and public collections across the world. Museums and major public collections that have acquired works from James Hyman include:


    Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England

    British Museum, London, England

    Cumming Museum, London, England

    Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA

    Henry Moore Foundation, England

    John Creasy Museum, Wiltshire, England

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA

    National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

    National Media Museum, Bradford, England

    National Museums of Wales, Cardiff, Wales

    National Portrait Gallery, London, England

    Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas, USA

    Sir Colin St John Wilson Collection, England

    Pinchuk Foundation, Ukraine

    Tate, London, England

    Wilson Centre for Photography, London, England


    We also regularly loan works to major exhibitions at the world's leading museums. Public institutions to whom we have loaned works include:


    Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Cumbria, England

    Art Gallery at Ontario, Toronto, Canada

    Ashiya City Museum of Art, Japan

    Asahikawa Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan

    Aomori Museum of Art, Japan

    Barbican Art Gallery, London, England

    Bibliotheque Nationale de Paris, Paris, France

    Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, England

    Ben Uri Art Gallery, London, England

    Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

    Courtauld Institute, London, England

    Dean Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Espace Lyonnais d'Art Contemporain, Lyon, France

    Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Gallery of Contemporary Art, Krakow, Poland

    Gemeentesmuseum, den Haag,

    Goulandris Foundation, Athens, Greece

    Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, Japan

    Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, England

    Institut fur Moderne Kunst Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany

    Irish Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France

    Ivam, Valencia, Spain

    John Hansard Gallery, Southampton, England

    Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Holland

    Kunsthalle, Bielefeld, Germany

    Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany

    Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, England

    Manchester City Art Gallery, Manchester, England

    Museum of Modern Art, Bilbao, Spain

    National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

    National Portrait Gallery, London, England

    Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich, England

    Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, England

    Royal Academy of Arts, London, England

    Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland

    Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury, England

    Somerset House, London, England

    Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, England

    Studio School, New York, USA

    Tate Gallery, London, England

    Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran

    Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Japan

    Ulster Museum, Belfast, Northern Ireland

    Whitney Museum of Art, New York, USA

    Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan