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Bellmans Auctioneers are proud to offer for sale Part II of The Neil Wilson Collection: A Romantic Vision, Part I of which was sold at Christies, London on 4th September 2014.
After working at Christies for a decade, predominantly in the Victorian Picture Department at King Street, Mr Wilson left in the summer of 1996 to establish himself as a dealer in Victorian art. The business traded under the name of Campbell Wilson, in recognition of Mr Wilson’s mother, Margo Campbell, who offered both financial and moral support. Friends and old colleagues warmly reminisce about their initial scepticism regarding his dealing ambition, which turned to admiration at how swiftly he made a name for himself, developing a unique and recognisable style.
As a result of an impressive series of houses and a beloved family life, Mr Wilson enjoyed dealing from home. He believed that it helped potential buyers to see works of art in a domestic setting, to better imagine the pieces in their own home. However Mr Wilson also traded at fairs such as Olympia, the BADA fairs in Mayfair and Chelsea, and the London Watercolours and Drawings Fair, with his beloved mother and assistant Margo. He also issued catalogues, which were sometimes themed and always as gracefully turned out as his homes and the pictures he displayed there. Ex-colleague Mr John Christian fondly remembers that unlike many dealers catalogues, “these were ones people wanted to keep”.
Mr Wilson sadly passed away in June 2014, one month before his forty-ninth birthday. Bellmans are proud to be a part of the continuing legacy of such a significant collection and its remarkable owner.