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About washington dc historic Art

A message to our valued customers.

The Lookout

In and around the Washington DC area, there are many fine art galleries. Just a short trip, however, from the Washington, DC area (about 2 hours), art lovers can enjoy a truly unique experience at Bedford Fine Art Gallery. Located about one mile from the famous Bedford Springs Resort, within the historic Bedford Mansion (celebrating over 125 years). Well worth the trip, this fine art gallery is not a typical modern institutional-type setting, but rather a true work-of-art itself. For more than 200 years, US Presidents (10 and counting) and many prominent Washington DC residents have routinely come to enjoy the relaxing setting the gallery is located in. Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains of south-central PA, US President James Buchanan made the nearby Bedford Springs Resort his “summer White House” during his time in office. The beauty of the surrounding area is equaled by the many fine realistic 19th century works of art for sale within the gallery.

Historic theme, genre, still life, landscape, and sporting art paintings by many well-listed American, British, and French academic 19th century artists are prominently displayed. The quality of the paintings and the diversity of the compositions rival big-city galleries, however, the historic setting and the passion for fine art one experiences while visiting the gallery is one-of-a-kind. You can enjoy taking the same short journey that several US Presidents have taken while residing in Washington DC to visit our historic town and gallery.


We (Jerry and Joan Hawk), have over 25 years of fine art collecting experience. Gallery co-owner, Joan (Claycomb) Hawk, was born and raised in Bedford, living a few houses up the street from the gallery (often visiting the gallery house, which was a public library at that time). We are wholeheartedly dedicated to our gallery. Our customers can trust our passion, commitment and experience in guiding both the new and seasoned collector towards acquisitions that they find aesthetically pleasing. The gallery reflects our interest in authentic Washington DC 19th century paintings.

Small Town Value

Having a fine art gallery in a small, beautiful, historic town provides a value-added benefit for our customers. We are not dependent on the gallery for a living and do not have the overhead of a typical fine art gallery such as those in New York or Washington DC. This allows us to often offer discounts to someone buying multiple paintings or to the repeat collector.


As most customers know, fine art can be followed like comparables in the housing market. You must, however, be sure to compare apples-to-apples. With increasing popularity of 19th century and early 20th century paintings and the limited supply of really great works, it is important to buy the best. Our diverse inventory boasts some of the best examples of work from many well-listed artists. Some of our paintings have been in museums, major fine art magazines, and books. We love realism and each painting was carefully selected to maintain the highest level of quality. We believe we are safeguarding our customers purchase by providing the best quality works available.

Period Correct Design

The foundation of our gallery is to establish and maintain mutually beneficial trusting relationships with home owners, collectors, art connoisseurs, corporations, investors, and interior designers. Whether the painting is for a new home, a stately older home, or an executive office space, our paintings help compliment many interior designs. It seems logical to us to incorporate that perfect painting in great condition to your interior design, as opposed to some modern art or prints that tend to be worth pennies-on-the-dollar within a very short time.

Trade-In Guarantee

The gallery backs each purchase of artwork though our trade-in guarantee. If you purchase a painting from us, you may trade-in that painting at any time after purchase for credit against the purchase of a higher cost painting we have for sale. This is ideal for customers who wish to upgrade their collections or just redecorate their wall space. We reserve the right to reject, at our discretion, any painting for trade-in if the painting is in a condition other than that of the original purchase. We believe this trade-in guarantee gives our customers the confidence that their purchase will retain its original value. Occasionally a good customer will ask us to sell one of their paintings through a consignment. The trade-in guarantee does not apply to a consignment painting.

Layaway Plan

The gallery offers a convenient, flexible layaway plan, as well as accepting major credit cards. If we personally ever had a major purchase that required us to make payments, we have always been very disciplined and regimented with an established payment schedule. This helped us build trust and a great relationship with everyone in the fine art community over the past 25 years. Through time, this allowed us to acquire top-of-the-line artwork to enjoy and invest in, for our personal collection. We believe our flexible layaway program gives our customers this same benefit.

Select Buying/Consignment

Centrally located in historic Bedford, Pennsylvania, the gallery buys 19th (and early 20th) Century fine art paintings. We have a particular interest in Washington DC fine art. We are always actively seeking original works by well listed American and European artists. We purchase original works and do not buy prints of any kind. The gallery has a standard for authenticity and condition of paintings we buy and look forward to discussing fine art you are selling. You can call Jerry Hawk (co-owner) directly at 724-459-0612 or send an email directly to Jerry at Please provide images of the painting (front, back, close-up of signature, etc.), as well as details such as: provenance (purchase history; prior ownership, etc.); artist name; title of painting; medium (i.e. oil on canvas, etc.); sight size of just the painting; overall size of the frame; where the painting is signed (i.e. lower right corner, etc.); any labels or stickers on the back of the frame; and condition (if known, such as any repairs, in-painting, relining, etc.). Jerry will respond to your inquiry about selling fine art immediately and will answer any questions you may have. Unlike an auction house, there is no gamble (painting may not sell for pre-auction estimate), commission, or fees on the amount of money you will receive from selling your fine art to the gallery. We strive to make selling fine artwork a straight-forward process that is fair and reasonable. We provide a Purchase Agreement and our payment to you is prompt.

Custom Packaging and Shipping

The gallery does not provide in-house packaging and shipping; however, we know our customers can rely on a local specialized packaging and shipping associate. Our customers are serviced exclusively by the owner. Her packaging and shipping services are outstanding. Packaging is customized according to the specific fine art painting, with specialized wrapping, boxing and cushioning materials being used. If requested, MasterPak® shipping boxes for framed artwork can be utilized. These provide three layers of foam protection that snugly encases the artwork, all within a strong corrugated container that offers plywood strength without the weight, cost, and shipping expense.

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