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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Churchill oil proves the toast of Modern British art sales this season

30 November 2020

A total of £9.23m was raised from the latest dedicated sales of Modern British art at Sotheby’s and Bonhams in London.

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Beaton’s male dancer attracts attention in Cheltenham

30 November 2020

Back in May, Bonhams sold 22 pen and ink drawings by Cecil Beaton (1904-80).

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Cedric Morris' view of Morocco among Mod Brit highlights at Lyon & Turnbull

30 November 2020

A number of notable Modern British pictures came to the auction block at Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium) last month.

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Bidding for Ravilious wood engraving underlines demand for leading Mod Brit names

30 November 2020

As time goes by, an almost imperceptible process seems to take place in the art market where certain artists who were once considered avant garde begin to feel like established names.

‘Jug with Bottles’ by Sir Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill whisky painting brings bidding battle at Sotheby’s

20 November 2020

A still life by Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) which included his tipple of choice, a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label, sold at Sotheby’s this week for £800,000.

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Post-war & Contemporary art: Middle market holding up despite supply issues at the top end

16 November 2020

The latest Post-war & Contemporary results produced some encouraging signs that supply and demand are holding up well in the £1000 to £50,000 level

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Early Banksy spray painting makes waves at Bonhams

16 November 2020

The irrepressible Banksy (b.1975) led the day at Bonhams’ (27.5/25/20/13.9%) latest auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art in London.

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Stanley Spencer Gallery acquires the artist's last known self-portrait drawing

09 November 2020

The last known drawn self-portrait of Modern British artist Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) has been acquired by the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham.

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Irish and Scottish Art: Border forces at work in the market

09 November 2020

Shifting Covid-19 regulations have complicated the Irish and Scottish art markets but online and phone bidding has helped to keep results relatively robust

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Suffolk gallery plans Christmas show for December reopening

09 November 2020

Henry Moore’s lithograph 'Reclining Woman' is among the highlights in the Christmas exhibition at Thompson’s Gallery of Aldeburgh, Suffolk.

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Iona in oil and watercolour

09 November 2020

Two Scottish coastal pictures attracted multiple bidders at Duke’s (25% buyer’s premium) latest Art & Design sale.

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Traquair takes the attention at Bonhams

09 November 2020

A group of 33 lots that came to auction from a descendant of the artist Phoebe Anna Traquair (1852-1936) drew a strong response at Bonhams’ (27.5/25/20/13.9%) latest Scottish sale in Edinburgh.

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Architect’s apprentice McGhie built an artistic legacy

09 November 2020

Two trademark scenes by Scottish artist John McGhie (1867-1952) impressed at Great Western Auctions (24% buyer’s premium) in Glasgow.

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Nicholson sounds the retreat with a Scottish work

09 November 2020

A painting by an English artist but with a Scottish subject drew attention at the latest Modern Made auction held by Lyon & Turnbull (25% buyer’s premium).

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Squirrell catches the eye in Essex and Cambridge auctions

02 November 2020

Leonard Squirrell (1893-1979) is most associated with East Anglia, producing a significant body of rural scenes of Suffolk and Norfolk as well as cityscapes of Norwich and Ipswich.

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Edith Lawrence in the limelight at Henry Saywell show

02 November 2020

British artist Edith Lawrence (1890-1973) was known for her paintings, linocuts and textile designs, but was somewhat overshadowed in her lifetime by her husband, fellow artist Claude Flight (1881-1955).

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The late show: Ben Nicholson at Piano Nobile

02 November 2020

Exhibition of the Mod Brit artist’s works concentrates on the second part of his career

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Frink family collection creates thrill at Woolley & Wallis auction

26 October 2020

While Old Masters were dominating proceedings at Woolley & Wallis’ early September sale, a fortnight earlier it was Modern British art that was turning heads in Salisbury.

Chanticleer by Eric Ravilious

Rarely seen Eric Ravilious print stars in our pick of five auction highlights sold this week

23 October 2020

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a rare wood engraving of a crowing rooster by Eric Ravilious that sold 25-times over estimate at an auction in Essex.

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Female artists under London Art Week spotlight

19 October 2020

This month, London Art Week (LAW) uses the digital platform it launched over the summer to run Art History in Focus. The event combines online discourse with exhibitions and objects on offer in galleries (and on gallery websites), putting the spotlight on two major themes: women artists and framing.

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