Academy Fine Paintings is an international fine art dealership based in Buckinghamshire, England specialising in 19th century British and European oil paintings by some of the most important artists of the period. Our online gallery features fine examples of Victorian landscape paintings and subject pictures, Belle Epoque portraits, Symbolism & Exotica. We are members of LAPADA, the largest UK trade association of art & antiques dealers and CINOA, the International Confederation of Art & Antique Dealers.

Inspired by a connoisseur’s eye for authenticity, quality, and condition Academy Fine Paintings is a gallery founded on the principles and preoccupations of an art collector rather than just the motivations of an art dealer. With this in mind, before being offered for sale, every one of our paintings undergoes a full technical assessment by one of the UK's most experienced fine art conservators and any necessary restoration carried out to the highest professional standards.

The listing information that accompanies each painting always includes all known exhibition and ownership provenance and comprehensive, yet relevant, biographical details about the artist. These biographies – like the editorials published on our News & Articles page – are researched and written by me based upon my own extensive knowledge of and passion for the artists and art movements of the period, and never simply copied from Wikipedia. I have appeared on BBC Television as a fine art expert have been consulted by the living relatives of 19th century artists looking to find out more about their ancestors.

My name is Gavin Claxton and I am always happy to advise clients old and new on collecting, conservation, and framing as well as on the dispersal of paintings they may already own.


"Your gallery is definitely and by far the best I have found. The paintings are so beautiful, you are so nice to deal with and when they arrive they truly need no cleaning and can be hung immediately.”

Susan, Folsom, California
“Thanks for all your amazing help and guidance. It was a pleasure meeting you. I will always buy with confidence from you. Beautiful painting, speedy safe delivery.”
Charles, London
“It is a pleasure doing business with a gentleman and trusted art adviser. Always perfect in every way. One of the truly great art dealers. Thank you.”
Rosalind, Westhampton Beach, Long Island
“Gavin was a tremendous help in helping us with our purchase and he alleviated any reservations we had about buying art online. The piece was just as he said, and we are very pleased. Shipping was remarkable... only 4 days!”
Ryan, Castaic, California
“We love the painting and bought with confidence from across the Atlantic based on Gavin’s honesty and expertise.”
Eric, Fort Collins, Colorado

“This is my second piece purchased from Academy Fine Paintings. Great communication, shipping, and quality of both pieces. I would highly recommend this fine art dealer."

Michael, Cos Cob, Connecticut
“Gavin was spectacular throughout the process with timely and professional communication. Packaging and shipping matched the communication. And most importantly, the artwork was accurately portrayed in the pictures and description. I would readily buy another piece of art from Gavin again."
Bob, Wichita, Kansas
“I had a wonderful buying experience. It was exactly as anticipated and the shipping of this (very large and heavy) painting was flawless and free of charge. Gavin was considerate and thoughtful in keeping me informed of the steps in the process. Overall, just a great transaction. Well done all!”
John, Delray Beach, Florida
“Gavin replied to my questions quickly with detailed and useful answers. The piece was very well packaged and arrived as promised. I would highly recommend Academy Fine Paintings and look forward to conducting business again.”
Bryan, Amherst, Massachusetts
"Our experience, purchase, and shipment was timely and very smooth. The painting is extraordinary and exactly as described."
Elizabeth, Santa Barbara, California