Supporting Artists For Over 100 Years - The Cass Family History

The Cass family have been actively involved in the art world and supporting artists for over 100 years. It inspired our mission to help 'fill this town with artists' making art available to the widest possible audience. This shows in everything we do, from our support of art education to our price guarantee.

This is an insight into the journey that made us who we are today
  • 1901

    Paul Cassirer holds one of Europe's first exhibitions of Van Gogh's work in Berlin. Paul buys nine Van Gogh artworks, which include the 'Sunflowers', for just £110!

  • 1904

    Paul and Bruno Cassirer actively support the Berlin secession. 

  • 1938

    Bruno Cassirer opens his art publishing house in Oxford.


    Bruno's original publishing house in Berlin is one of the first to produce fully illustrated books.

  • 1971

    Wilfred Cass, great nephew of Bruno becomes CEO of Reeves, which has been providing artists with quality paint since 1766.


    Mark Cass, aged 12, visits the Reeves factory with his father and from then on pigment is in his blood.


    Henry Moore calls Wilfred Cass about a special order of Reeves paint. This begins a lifelong friendship between the sculptor and the Cass family. 

  • 1979

    Mark and his father Wilfred set up Image Bank and work with internationally renowned photographers to create the world's largest image library. 

  • 1984

    Mark Cass sets up the first Cass Art shop at 13 Charing Cross Road London. 


    Set in a perfect location next to the National Gallery, there has been an art shop here for over 100 years. Claude Monet was one of the many famous visitors. 

  • 1992

    Wilfred and Jeannette Cass establish the Cass Sculpture Foundation, a British charity supporting contemporary sculptors. 


    The Foundation has comissioned over 450 large scale sculptures over the last 25 years, creating new and rare opportunities for artists. 

  • 1994

    Cass Sculpture foundation enables the first three comissions on the 4th plinth in Trafalgar Square investing in unique public platforms for artists.


    Cass Art supports the London Mayor's Office 4th plinth schools competition. Every year London's primary and secondary school children are invited to create artworks inspired by London life and the comissions for the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square.

  • 2001

    Cass Art works with Angus Hyland at Pentagram on a new brand identity.


    The new identity is focused around an inclusive manifesto and starts a long time collaboration between the two companies.


    Cass Art starts to develop a range of contemporary own brand products.

  • 2006

    The London flagship store opens in Islington and now has a dedicated art space for the public and employees to use for free.

  • 2013

    Eric and Jean Cass, who spent 50 years collecting contemporary art, donate 300 pieces from their collection to museums across the UK.


    Cass Art opens its online store making it accessible to all across theUK. Since June 2017 we have been delivering overseas.

  • 2014

    Cass Art opens its first store outside of London, in Glasgow. 

  • 2017



    Now with 12 stores across the UK our mission to support Artist's continues, our staff artists are on hand to help.