Launched in 2013, London Art Week fuses Master Drawings and Sculpture Week and Master Paintings Week into one event that has quickly become a highlight of the art world calendar.

Over fifty specialist dealers and the three main auction houses united to showcase the diversity and excellence of works available in London’s private market.

Here are just a few of the highlights:

In an apartment on Duke Street St James’, Florian Härb showed a selection of old master drawings, including these studies in chalk.


Abraham Bloemaert, Four studies of female heads (recto). (Florian Härb)

Further down the street, Rafael Valls displayed an exhibition on paintings of fantasy architecture from 1600 – 1850. 


Pieter W. Van Der Stock and Willem C. Duyster, detail, Elegant Figures in a Classical Colonnaded Gallery, 1632. (Rafael Valls Limited)

In Mason’s Yard, Stephen Ongpin Fine Art showed an exciting miscellany of pastels, including this bustling night scene by Vuillard — excuse the window reflection — and Sam Szafran’s vertiginous staircases.


Edouard Vuillard, A Parisian Street at Night. (Stephen Ongpin Fine Art)


Sam Szafran, Staircase. (Stephen Ongpin Fine Art)

There were vibrant watercolours by Paul Signac at Stoppenbach and Delestre.


Paul Signac, L’estuaire à Trieux, Bretagne. (Stoppenbach and Delestre Ltd)

Another impressive selection of drawings was on display at Thomas Williams Fine Art, such as this evocative costume design.

Baccio del Bianco, Costume Study. (Thomas Williams Fine Art Ltd)

LAW confirms the continuing importance of Mayfair and St James’ as a physical ‘neighbourhood’ in the London art world. Even into the twenty-first century — where the online, digital world is increasingly important ­— seeing art works face-to-face is still an incredibly special experience.