Modern British Art

Paintings, sculptures and prints made by 20th century British artists. Big names in this sector include Stanley Spencer, Paul Nash and LS Lowry.


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Edward Seago: the artist favoured by the royal family

03 May 2021

Edward Seago was a favourite of the establishment, royals in particular, but has a wider appeal such as his views of Hong Kong

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Northants enchants: new premises for The Canon Gallery

03 May 2021

With a lack of fairs during the pandemic and fewer scheduled in the near future, picture dealer Jeremy Green has taken the plunge and returned to running a physical gallery after 15 years of running his dealership from home and standing at fairs.

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The web shop window: John Bratby's portrait of Guy the Gorilla

12 April 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Sister act – Augustus John portraits

12 April 2021

Depiction of one McNeill sister sets a record while portrait of her sibling also appears at another auction

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Harwood’s two for one offering

12 April 2021

Oil bought by the vendor directly from the artist Lucy Harwood features a still-life on the reverse

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Proud Yorkshireman’s view of God’s Own Country

12 April 2021

Tennants offered a well-received 70-lot sale dedicated to views mostly of Yorkshire from a private collection last month.

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Who said suburban life was dull?

05 April 2021

More Mod Brit delights from the Freer collection kept in a house full to bursting point

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Dylan Thomas portrait from two months before his death offered in Cardiff auction

29 March 2021

The Welsh Sale at Rogers Jones in Cardiff on April 17 includes a portrait of Dylan Thomas painted just two months before he died,

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Pru’s view of a gritty world

29 March 2021

Gravel pit subject was typical of artist’s move towards mundane subjects, as exhibition shows

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Sickert view of ‘Kikely’ offered at Essex gallery

22 March 2021

Walter Sickert (1860-1942) first met Cicely Hey at a public lecture in 1923. The very next day Hey arrived at his studio in Fitzroy Street and continued to sit for Sickert over the next decade.

LS Lowry painting

Looking to a Leyburn Lowry double in lockdown

15 March 2021

A late work by LS Lowry (1887-1976), which had never appeared on the open market before, overshot a £60,000- 90,000 estimate at Tennants’ latest Modern & Contemporary art sale.

Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque by Sir Winston Churchill

Churchill enjoys finest hour in the saleroom

08 March 2021

Sir Winston Churchill’s towering presence in the art market was on full display last week as his auction record was broken four-and-a-half times over.

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Dealer hails artist Hennell as a genius

08 March 2021

Dealer Sim rates this little-known painter so highly he calls him ‘the English Van Gogh’

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Beyond Beale to Bratby and Irish scenery

08 March 2021

The first fine art sale of 2021 at Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) will be remembered for the spectacular £100,000 bid for a Mary Beale (1633-99) work.

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Talmage catches bidders’ attention

08 March 2021

Algernon Mayow Talmage (1871-1939) is probably not the most familiar name in the canon of Modern British artists, but some believe he is undervalued.

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Rare Ernest Townsend still life blooms at auction

01 March 2021

A painting by Derby artist Ernest Townsend (1880-1944) was among the works that caused something of a surprise at auction early this year.

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An L of a good Blackburn group

22 February 2021

The largest contingent of works by British abstract painter John Blackburn (b.1932) ever to come to auction will be offered at Cheffins of Cambridge on February 25.

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5 Questions: Modern British art dealer Christopher Kingzett

22 February 2021

Christopher Kingzett, a former vice chairman of SLAD and owner of the eponymous dealership in south London, specialises in 20th century British paintings, drawings and sculpture.

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It’s a country house by Bawden, in Essex, but a puzzle otherwise

22 February 2021

Essex auction house Sworders is asking ATG readers to help identify the manor house, also in Essex, featured in this Edward Bawden (1903-89) watercolour.

John Blackburn abstract art

Cambridge’s Kettle’s Yard to sell donated abstract art collection at auction

18 February 2021

The largest contingent of works by British abstract painter John Blackburn (b.1932) ever to come to auction will be offered at Cheffins in Cambridge on February 25.

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