Thomas Gibson Fine Art Limited was founded in 1969. The gallery quickly gained a successful reputation, and in 1974, Thomas Gibson was joined by his old friend, the Earl of Gowrie, who worked with the gallery until 1979 when he returned to politics, later joining the Cabinet and being appointed Arts Minister.
Over the years, the gallery bought and brokered some of the most important Old Master, 19th and 20th Century pictures to come on the market during this time, including: Edgar Degas’ Chez la modiste to the Thyssen-Bornemisza Foundation, Lugano; J.M.W. Turner’s Staffa, Fingal’s Cave, off the West Coast of Scotland to the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven; Jackson Pollock’s Lavender Mist to the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.; and Caravaggio’s Boy Bitten by a Lizard to the National Gallery, London. In addition to numbering some of the world’s foremost private collectors amongst its clients, the gallery has sold works to such public institutions as the National Galleries of England, America and Australia, the Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena and the Tate Gallery, London.
Thomas Gibson served on the Executive Committee of the Society of London Art Dealers between 1987 and 1989.
Today the day to day running of the gallery is undertaken by Hugh Gibson, Thomas’s son, who joined Thomas Gibson Fine Art in 2002 having trained at Christie’s, London and Sotheby’s, New York and is now the gallery’s director. Thomas Gibson continues to act in an advisory role and devotes much of his energy to sourcing works of art for the gallery and private clients.
Thomas Gibson Fine Art is a member of the Society of London Art Dealers of which Hugh Gibson is a member of the Executive Committee.