366 Bay Street
Toronto, ON  M5H 4B2
Tel. 416-361-0032

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Welcome to Ben McNally Books

Dear Friends;

Monday-Friday 9-6; Saturday (except long weekends) 11-5;
Closed Sunday.

The Bay Street bus (no longer!!!) stops near our door.


Upcoming Events

Globe and Mail/Ben McNally Books and Brunch

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 10:00am

King Edward Hotel

Please join us at the Vanity Fair Ballroom of the King Edward Hotel as we launch the Fall season of our ongoing Brunch series.

Tickets are $55.00 and must be purchased in advance. Call us at 416-361-0032 with a credit card to make a reservation.
Tickets are non-refundable.



The Vanishing Velazquez

The Vanishing Velazquez

by Laura Cumming


In October of 1845 a bookseller in Reading, named John Snare, bought a painting at auction.
The painting was grimy and dry, and Snare bought it a price so low that he began to doubt his original notion that it was a portrait of a young Charles I, and of significant value.
Snare cleaned it up, and then set out to discover what he could of its provenance, and eventually became convinced that it was a royal portrait, and that it had been painted in Spain by Diego Velazquez. Proving it was harder to do.