About Us

Milo and Simon

 

Established in 1993, for the last thirty years Dickinson has been one of the world’s leading private art galleries handling exceptional works of art across categories from Old Masters to Impressionist and Modern art. Dickinson’s philosophy is to offer collectors the opportunity to buy masterpieces of Western art from the Renaissance to the Twentieth Century, providing the provenance and scholarly background to each painting and sculpture, and advising on framing, hanging and all other aspects of collecting.

Dickinson has close connections both to leading private collectors and institutions worldwide and we have sold to over thirty museums internationally, such as the National Gallery, London, the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. 

Founder and Chairman, Simon Dickinson is known for his famously discerning eye for paintings, and has discovered works by Botticelli, Titian, Rubens and Constable and many others in a career lasting more than fifty years. Simon is a passionate collector and advocate for Old Master Paintings. 

Dickinson has recently opened a new chapter with the arrival of Milo Dickinson as Managing Director. Echoing the career of his father, Milo joined from Christie’s where he worked for over a decade in several leading roles in both the Old Master Paintings and European Sculpture departments. A widely respected art expert and enthusiast, Milo is on the Steering Committee for the National Gallery Young Ambassadors and on the Board of the Friends of the Bargello Museum. 

Dickinson is now a second-generation family business, with father and son, Simon and Milo Dickinson uniting to create a gallery combining unrivalled and passionate art expertise and a unique understanding of the ever-changing art market.

Dickinson has access to artworks which are rarely available on the public market and will continue to be the first stop for art lovers and collectors who wish to acquire works from private collections in a discreet and professional fashion. 

OUR HISTORY

Our History

 

Dickinson was founded in 1993 by Simon Dickinson, formerly Senior Director of Christie’s Old Master & British Pictures, and David Ker, a dealer in British Pictures. The firm rapidly earned its reputation as a leading London dealership for Old Master & British Paintings. Soon after Dickinson opened a gallery in New York. In 1995, Dickinson broadened its scope to include Impressionist & Modern Art under the direction of James Roundell, formerly Head of Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Department, and shortly thereafter the company expanded further still into secondary market Contemporary Art.

Dickinson has a long history of negotiating important paintings to museums across the world. In its first year Dickinson made several high-profile museum sales, including Correggio’s Head of Christ to the Getty; Guercino’s St. Sebastian succoured by two angels to the Fitzwilliam; and Batoni’s Portrait of Sir Wyndham Knatchbull-Wyndham to LACMA. 

Dickinson has continued to establish close connections with international institutions, and notable sales over the years include the Virgin Adoring the Christ Child which was acquired by the National Galleries of Scotland after it was rediscovered and attributed to Botticelli by Simon Dickinson. The Getty Museum has acquired numerous masterpieces from Dickinson including paintings by Rubens, Claude, Correggio, and Giuliano Romano. In recent years, Dickinson has sold works to museums as far ranging as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the National Galleries of Scotland, LACMA, the Van Gogh Museum and the Louvre Abu Dhabi. 

With unparalleled access to the great collections of Britain, Europe and America, Dickinson provides a unique service for individuals and institutions wishing to acquire or sell artworks of exceptional quality away from the glare of the salerooms.

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Our Team

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    Simon Dickinson

    Chairman
    Simon joined Christie's in 1968 and became the firm's youngest ever Director in 1974, rising to Head of the Old Master and British Pictures Department during his twenty-four year tenure. Known for his exceptional eye, Simon has made a number of important re-discoveries by artists such as Botticelli, Titian, Poussin, Watteau, Van Dyck and Claude Lorrain.
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    Milo Dickinson

    Managing Director
    Dickinson has recently opened a new chapter with the arrival of Milo Dickinson as Managing Director. Echoing the career of his father, Milo joined from Christie’s where he worked for over a decade in several leading roles in both the Old Master Paintings and European Sculpture departments. A widely respected art expert and enthusiast, Milo is on the Steering Committee for the National Gallery Young Ambassadors and on the Board of the Friends of the Bargello Museum.
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    Dr. Molly Taylor

    Associate Director, Old Master Paintings
    Molly worked as a specialist in Old Master Paintings at Christie’s before joining Dickinson in 2013, where she works closely with the Old Masters Department and oversees all scholarly research. Molly holds degrees in art history from Harvard and the Courtauld, as well as a PhD from the University of Cambridge.
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    Sir Timothy Clifford

    Consultant
    Sir Timothy joined Dickinson following a 21-year career as Director of the National Galleries of Scotland. Having previously served as Director of the Manchester City Art Gallery and held positions at both the V&A and British Museum, Sir Timothy brings to Dickinson a broad network of museum and private contacts.
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    Marie-Lucie Bisiaux

    Consultant
    Marie-Lucie Bisiaux joined Dickinson as a consultant in 1998. Multilingual and based in Paris, Marie-Lucie began her career with Sir Valentine Abdy at Sotheby's Paris when they first opened their doors. She maintains strong links with the French private market.
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    Cornelia Pallavicini

    Consultant
    Prior to joining Dickinson in 2007, Cornelia spent 13 years in senior positions at Christie’s, based in Lugano, Vienna, Zurich and London. Cornelia has an extensive knowledge of the international art market, and close ties with collectors across the Old Master, Impressionist and Modern, and Contemporary fields.
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    Heinrich zu Hohenlohe

    Consultant
    Heinrich, who joined Dickinson in 2000, is a consultant based in Berlin. Heinrich comes from a Christie’s background, having led the auction house's Impressionist and 20th Century Works on Paper and German and Austrian Art sales. Heinrich has ties with Latin America and speaks six languages.
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    Sue Jin

    Asia Representative
    Sue joined Dickinson in 2018, following six years as an independent advisor to Chinese clients seeking to collect Western art and antiques. Prior to that Sue managed business affairs across China, Southeast Asia, and the UK for a private family. Sue earned her MA in International Business Management and is fluent in Mandarin.