Queen’s Relative Timothy Taylor Gets $144,000 Knocked Off His Gallery’s Annual Rent

He currently pays upwards of $765,000 each year.

Helen Taylor and Timothy Taylor. Courtesy of Getty Images.

Disruptive noises and obtrusive scaffolding tend to be unavoidable inconveniences on construction sites, but art dealer Timothy Taylor in London’s upscale Mayfair neighborhood has had it with his landlord’s mess. So he took his complaints to court, and after a two-year legal battle, the dealer is being awarded a hefty discount of £100,000 ($144,000) off his annual rent.

According to the Telegraph, Taylor, who’s married to Queen Elizabeth’s first cousin Helen Taylor, currently pays £530,000 ($765,000) a year for the space. Taylor claims that his landlords’ rebuilding efforts (causing what the judge described as scaffolding that “enwrapped” the gallery) have deterred his wealthy clientele.

The landlords, Mayfair House Corporation and Mayfair House Corporation CM INC., stated that they were legally authorized to pursue development ventures, but the judge countered that Taylor was “not prepared for the sheer scale of the project.”

Timothy Taylor Gallery. Courtesy of Google Maps.

Timothy Taylor Gallery. Courtesy of Google Maps.

In addition to causing migraines, Taylor said that the construction was also “bound to be disturbing to customers and staff in what is supposed to be a peaceful and quiet high-class gallery in Mayfair.”

Taylor founded his gallery in 1996, moving shop throughout the city until settling into his current exhibition space on 15 Carlos Place in 2007. The dealer inaugurated his gallery with an exhibition of Alex Katz’s One Flight Up.

Later this month, on May 20, the gallery will be mounting a series of French painter Jean Dubuffet‘s later paintings that runs through early July. Other notable artists in the art dealer’s stable include Diane Arbus, Sean Scully, and Kiki Smith.

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