Thanet's Premier Art Centre
Lovelys gallery and art shop was established in 1891
by Mr Edward Lovely (pictured left). 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. In 1912 a further shop was purchased
next door to expand into selling art materials. In 1925 a futher
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
afer 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,
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
You are assured of a warm welcome at Lovelys with expert friendly
advice at all times.
We are open 6 days a week Monday -Friday 9 - 5.30
and Saturday 9 - 5