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About Us

Ben Elwes has worked in the international fine art market for over 30 years. In 1987 he joined Christie’s in London and then moved to the Shepherd Gallery in New York in 1989 where he gained invaluable experience at the high end of the art trade.


On returning to London, he became a partner at Independent Editions, fine art dealers and publishers specialising in post-war British Art. In 1993 he set up Elwes & Hanham Ltd in Old Bond Street dealing in Old Masters paintings.

Rachel Layton Elwes joined forces with Ben to found Ben Elwes Fine Art in 2004 at 45 Maddox Street, in the heart of Mayfair.


She has an invaluable knowledge of many major international collections, having been part of the team that installed and launched the Gilbert Collection at Somerset House in 2000, and was formerly a curator at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh and the British Museum. Rachel has published and lectured extensively in Britain and in the United States.

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