Rollo Whately Picture Framing

41 St James’s Place, London SW1  ~  0207 629-7861

Autumn 2020

The shop has now reopened with appropriate coronavirus measures in place and workshops are all back at work.  Please do get in touch by email if you have a framing enquiry.  If you want to visit the shop please call or email (or use the contact form below) in the first instance and we can make an appointment.


Rollo Whately Ltd. is a small business in central London selling antique and modern picture frames and offering all services associated with the framing of paintings and works on paper, open by appointment.

41-reflections-in-window-aWe are located off St James’s Street, close to many picture dealers and restorers of fine art and the auction houses, Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Our clients also include museums here and abroad as well as private individuals.

We aim to offer a discreet, high quality service to our customers – quickly and at reasonable prices.

Three-of-us Rollo Whately (at the back) has worked with antique picture frames for many years. He started the business 22 years ago and has built up a stock of fine antique frames to suit all types of artwork. Rollo still does most of the finishing of reproduction/restored frames himself and much of the fitting of artwork and final checking of work before it is delivered to the client. Virginia Brix has been with the company for 20 long and happy years and her knowledge and expertise are an invaluable asset to the business, in particular in the choosing of frames for paintings and drawings. Borys Burrough had  left us to do a course in woodcarving, but has now finished that (3 years later) and is back part-time.

We are also lucky to have established relationships with various craftsmen and women in and around London.  The quality of their work often surprises even me.  Here is one, perhaps, in the making –


Borys oil-gilding a frame with the help of our 4 year old intern

Updated… time runs… The intern is eight now and looking quite the pro!

You can find us at 41 St James’s Place, London SW1A 1NS.

Telephone No. +44 (207) 629 7861


Please note that all photographs of frames on this website are copyrighted by the owner.  If you do use one of them a link/mention would be appreciated.  Thank  you.

By all means telephone us with any enquiries or contact us via the below form.