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Kent's
Oldest
Art Gallery

About Lovelys

Thanet's Premier Art Centre

Lovelys gallery and art shop was established in 1891 by Mr Edward Lovely (pictured below). It is still owned and run by the Lovely Family.

Edward Lovely opened the first shop in Margate High Street. He was one of the first to import lengths of picture moulding from Gemany, a revolutionary step at the time.

Edward Lovely

In 1912 a further shop was purchased next door to expand into selling art materials. In 1925 a further shop opened in Ramsgate. Lovelys stayed open during two world wars despite the Margate shop being bombed. Edward's son Henry, also in the business, was a Master of the Fine Art Trade Guild and is believed to have designed the Trade logo, still used today. He met many famous artists including L.S.Lowry. Artist Walter Sickert also frequented Lovelys. In the 1950s Henry Lovely was fortunate to be asked to restore a painting attributed to Rubens.

The present Northdown Road shop was purchased in 1951. Henry's son John joined the business after training at the National Gallery. In 1970 the Margate and Ramsgate shops were sold and the Northdown Road site was considerably enlarged. The shop is now run by the fourth generation of the Lovely Family, Caroline.

Today Lovelys exhibits originals,limited editions and prints over two floors and offers a bespoke framing service in their own workshop. A picture cleaning and restoration service is also available. Why not try our free interior decor advisory service when we bring art out from the gallery in to your home or take advantage of our interest free payment scheme when purchasing art.

Lovelys extensive Art and Craft department stocks everything for the artist and craft enthusiast and hosts demos and workshops throughout the year!

You are assured of a warm welcome at Lovelys with expert friendly advice at all times.