Charles Beddington Ltd is a dealer and agent in Old Master Paintings, based in Mayfair, London. We offer paintings from a broad range of periods and schools, with a leaning towards the 18th Century, and a particular speciality in Venetian view painting.
Charles Beddington was at Christie’s 1983 – 1998, ultimately as head of the London Old Master Picture Department. He remained a consultant for Christie’s until May 2000. In 1998 he started Charles Beddington Ltd, which has been based at 16 Savile Row since 2001 (initially as Beddington & Blackman Ltd).
Charles Beddington is well respected for his role as the pre-eminent scholar of Venetian view painting, and Canaletto in particular. He frequently contributes articles and reviews to The Burlington Magazine, as well as exhibition catalogues, and reference books. Subjects include Neapolitan and Venetian view painting.
Beddington has curated and written the catalogue for two major exhibitions: Canaletto in England: A Venetian Artist abroad 1746-1755, Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven 19 October – 31 December 2006, and Dulwich Picture Gallery, 24 January – 15 April 2007, and, Venice: Canaletto and his Rivals, National Gallery of Art, London 13 October 2010 – 16 January 2011, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 20 February – 30 May 2011. He also wrote the catalogue of the exhibition Luca Carlevarijs: Views of Venice, Timken Museum of Art, San Diego, April – August 2001.
Our academic background is a strong influence on the gallery’s activities, and we pride ourselves that the majority of the paintings we offer are either rediscoveries or fresh to the market.