Leslie Waddington, art dealer, Died at 81


Leslie Waddington was born on February 9, 1934, and died on November 30, 2015.

Leslie was a British art dealer who served as the chairman of Waddington Custot Galleries, 11 Cork Street, London.

He was educated at Portora Royal School in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, and the École du Louvre, Paris.

Leslie, brother Theo Waddington is also an art dealer.

In 1966, started his own gallery in London’s Cork Street, having previously worked with his father Victor Waddington, who stayed a partner and co-owner of Waddington Galleries until his death in 2010.

Leslie Waddington had the backing of Alex Bernstein, a member of the Granada media dynasty.

In 2011, Leslie Galleries become Waddington Custot Galleries.

Lord Bernstein died in 2010, and the 50% of the shares they owned were sold to the London-based French art dealer Stéphane Custot.

In 2013, Sir Nicholas Serota, Director of the Tate Gallery presented Waddington with the Federation of European Art Galleries Association lifetime achievement award “for his efforts in creating and directing an exemplary gallery of high international standing.

Leslie Waddington passed away at age 81 in November 2015.