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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Albany Gallery stages exhibition of works from artist Josef Herman's estate

23 January 2023

The pen and wash drawing of three men and a barrel by Josef Herman (1911-2000) shown above is on offer at Albany Gallery’s upcoming exhibition for £500.

Veronica Burleigh self portrait

Pair of Veronica Burleigh portraits soar over estimates to take highest ever prices

16 January 2023

Bringing fervent bidding at Kings Russell’s (28% buyer’s premium) first sale of the year, two portraits by Veronica Burleigh (1909-99) set the highest prices ever recorded for the Sussex painter.

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Officer’s first-rank taste in artworks

09 January 2023

Another slice of the collection which brought a Christopher Wood record comes up in Gloucestershire saleroom

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Nude reveals the Cubist talents of Cissie Kean

09 January 2023

Cissie Kean (1871-1961) dedicated her life to painting after sustaining a severe injury during a riding accident as a young adult.

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Ceri Richards shows his personal side

02 January 2023

Despite a few surprises among the lots at Rogers Jones’ (24% buyer’s premium) third and final Welsh Sale of 2022, the solid performance of at least one of the leading pictures was probably more expected.

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Sitter appeal: Portraits from Victorian sportsman to 20th century businessman bring demand

02 January 2023

The record-setting piece of Beswick pottery at a recent sale at Potteries Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) – a rare variant of a shire horse model that fetched £11,300 (ATG No 2569) – was not the only lot bringing notable demand.

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London Art Fair returns to its regular slot of January

02 January 2023

Thomas Spencer Fine Art brings two Henry Moore bronzes to London Art Fair, which kicks off the capital’s art fair schedule with a rich selection of Modern and Contemporary works.

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5 Questions: Picture dealer John Robertson

02 January 2023

John Robertson deals in paintings and is among the exhibitors at the Mayfair Antiques and Fine Art Fair in January.

William Nicholson still life

Five top artworks sold at auctions outside London this year

28 December 2022

The top lots sold at regional salerooms in 2022 included a number of works by leading Modern British artists. Here we pick out five of the best results which were covered in ATG.

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Piper and Bawden murals to the manor borne: Rothschild Foundation buys artworks for National Trust's Waddesdon

19 December 2022

Two large-scale murals by leading Modern British artists have been purchased by The Rothschild Foundation from dealer Liss Llewellyn.

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Ithell Colquhoun clinches a huge price

19 December 2022

Female artist at centre of early British Surrealism scene now fetches sizeable sums

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Zinkeisen packs a punch

19 December 2022

Anna Zinkeisen (1901-76), who painted 'The Boxing Match' depicting a bout from 1928, enjoyed publicity from the painting at the time.

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Bumper selection of fourteen Bombergs offered

19 December 2022

One of the most eyecatching consignments of Modern British art outside London was a private collection of 14 paintings by David Bomberg (1890-1957).

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Works by leading linocut artist Sybil Andrews offered at Osborne Samuel

19 December 2022

In its stable of women artists Modern British art specialist Osborne Samuel features Sybil Andrews (1898-1992).

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Roadmenders work surfaces outside London

19 December 2022

A small and recently discovered painting by Peter Lanyon (1918-64) emerged at Kinghams’ (23% buyer’s premium).

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Surrealist in the spotlight

19 December 2022

Works by Surrealist artist Ithell Colquhoun (1906-88) have been rising in popularity.

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Laura Knight: her ‘time has come’

19 December 2022

Dealer Karen Taylor is among those noting that “collectors seem to be following the trend set by museums and buying more work by women”.

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Cass couple’s varied 20th century works provide boost to Bellmans

19 December 2022

A group of 24 works from the collection of Wilfred and Jeannette Cass provided a boost to Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) latest Modern British and 20th Century Art auction.

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Sitter dubbed a ‘knight who looks like a postboy’

19 December 2022

William Nicholson (1872-1949) is known today for restrained and sensitively handled still-lifes but in his day he found more success with his portraits.

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Wynter’s wonderland lifts Knightsbridge sale

19 December 2022

An abstract painting by Bryan Wynter (1915-75) was discovered a stone’s throw from Knightsbridge auction house Kings Russell (28% buyer’s premium).

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