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.


Aubrey Williams price hits new high

15 July 2024

Records have tumbled in recent years for works by Guyanese artist Aubrey Williams (1926-90), reflecting a growing appreciation for the painter’s output and his contribution to Modern British art.


Scottish art success at auction despite lack of single-owner collection big hitters

15 July 2024

Successful Scottish art sale suggests significant single-owner groups do not have to be a vital component


A week with a wealth of variety

08 July 2024

Annual London showcase of dealer exhibitions offers wide range of artists and styles across 500 years


Paul Nash’s rare interior view starts among Bussock Wood selection

06 July 2024

Dreweatts’ (26/25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) single-owner dispersal of items from Bussock Wood on June 4 included significant works from the Modern British canon.


Trevelyan inspired by the stony landscapes of Malta

01 July 2024

Forming part of a small body of work relating to Malta, this vibrant oil by Julian Trevelyan (1910-88) was the runaway star in a Modern Art & Design sale at Keys (22% buyer’s premium).


Harvey’s herd but just one human

01 July 2024

‘Charming’ view by the Cornish artist lacking his usual dominant figures takes top spot in Penzance sale

Curious visitors enjoying their time at Carter Marsh and Co. 

The Treasure House Fair returns with a lively opening

27 June 2024

Key event in the summer calendar opens its doors once again


Barns-Graham and Nicholson in the spotlight

24 June 2024

Pictures by two leading women of the Modern British art movement sold strongly at a Lyon & Turnbull (26/25/20% buyer’s premium) auction in London.

Pop rendition of Amy Winehouse kissing Blake Fielder-Civil

Fine Art Society hosts a major exhibition of British pop artist Gerald Laing

21 June 2024

Pulling together the works of Gerald Laing (1936-2011) from 1962-2011, an exhibition at the Fine Art Society has a focus on the illusions of stardom and the fabled creation of muses.

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Hockney California drawing rediscovered by Chiswick Auctions

20 June 2024

A large prime period ‘California’ drawing by David Hockney, recently rediscovered by Chiswick Auctions, comes for sale this month.

Edward Bawden watercolour

Rediscovered Edward Bawden watercolour finds path to London auction

19 June 2024

A watercolour by Edward Bawden (1903-1989) which was considered lost since the 1940s emerged at the latest fine art sale held at Olympia Auctions.


Library emerges as big buyer at dedicated Welsh art auction

17 June 2024

Institution based in Aberystwyth purchases five post-war works at regular dedicated Welsh auction


Hillier work hidden from the Nazis by a maid comes for sale

17 June 2024

Tristram Hillier (1905-83) described the Surrealist pictures he created at Étretat, the picturesque town on the north-western coast of France, as “some of the best I have ever made”.


Brushes with conflict: D-Day landings theme at dealer's Harrogate show

17 June 2024

World leaders and veterans recently marked the anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France. Highlighting creative responses to war from two generations of the same family is the theme of a new exhibition in Harrogate.


Migrant artists on the move at Sotheby’s

17 June 2024

The summer exhibition running at Sotheby’s this year focuses on works by artists who were born overseas but passed through or settled in the UK permanently.


Artist Kathleen Scale's work weighed up by a fresh audience

10 June 2024

The opening section of Duke’s latest Art & Design post 1880 sale was devoted to the ‘forgotten’ artist Kathleen Muriel Scale (1913-2006).


Whether country or town views, Newlyn artists are setting the scene

10 June 2024

More paintings on offer in Dorest saleroom from the Cornish ‘school’ show the market strength

Oswald Birley portrait

Portrait of doomed naval commander makes second highest auction price for Oswald Birley

06 June 2024

Just three crew members survived out of 1418 after HMS Hood was sunk on May 24, 1941, after a ferocious and brief exchange of gunfire with German battleship Bismarck.

Peter Rose Pulham surrealist painting

Newcastle saleroom sets auction record for surrealist Pulham

06 June 2024

Pictures by the early English surrealist Peter Rose Pulham (1910-1956) are relatively rare at auction but the interest garnered by a few works that emerged recently suggested they are on the rise commercially.


Bloomsbury Group attracts fresh buyers

03 June 2024

Result of select offering in London shows a healthy market which now even includes Asian bidders