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London Speciality Shop – L Cornelissen and Son


105 Great Russell Street, London,WC1B 3RY

Cornelissen’s has been in business since 1855 and supplies Professional artists and amateurs  with pigments, paints, brushes, boards and gilding equipment.

Louis Cornelissen, the founder of the business, is said to have been a Belgian lithographer , setting up in Drury Lane, initially dealing in lithographic colours and supplies, and reputedly moving to Great Queen St in 1855  Cornelissen was first listed as an artists’ colourman in 1881.

Cornelissen provided marked canvases and stretchers for works by many famous artists including  Rex Whistler,  W.R. Sickert was a regular customer as was Aubrey Beardsley.

The family part of the business ended in 1977 at the death of Len Cornelissen, the last in the family, but was reopened in 1979  by Nicholas Walt moving from historical premises in Great Queen St  to shop premises at Great Russell St.


Its shelves are  stacked with bottles of paint pigments  and traditional artist’s materials and tend to have access to supplies not easily available elsewhere.


The friendly and knowledgeable staff offer a wide range of advice on artist and painting equipment that fill the antique shelves.


 If you want more information about L Cornelissen and Son , visit their website here