Frost & Reed was created in 1808 during the decade between the battles of Trafalgar and Waterloo, and its story has been a colourful and exciting one ever since.
Originally the firm was based in Bristol and dealt predominantly in prints and engravings. It was then sold to John Frost in 1858, who was also carver and gilder and a Royal Warrant holder to Queen Victoria for this work. His nephew Walter Frost joined the company in 1875, together with William Reed and they broadened its remit to include fine art publishing and so the name ‘Frost & Reed’ came into being in 1881. As the demand for original works of art grew in the 19th century, thanks to growing prosperity amongst the middle classes, Frost & Reed moved from selling prints and copies to original works of art, and it continues to do this today. The move to London came in 1908 and the company has grown and built upon its reputation for exhibiting works by artists of the highest quality including Herring, Marc Chagall, Diego Giacometti, David Hockey, to name but a few.
Frost & Reed can now be found in both London and New York City and are regular exhibitors at major fine art fairs around the world. They support both contemporary artists in the United Kingdom and the United States, whilst also holding a substantial stock of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist oil paintings, watercolours and drawings.