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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William Ratcliffe's Camden Town painting comes to Lyon & Turnbull

12 October 2020

A fine example of a work by a member of the Camden Town group will be offered at Lyon & Turnbull’s Modern Made sale in London on October 23.

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Collection of restorer and friend to artists Gigi Richter sells in Cambridge

12 October 2020

A collection of pictures and letters by Modern British artists drew solid interest at the latest Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) Art & Design sale in Cambridge.

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Modern British Art: a market benefitting from changing tastes

12 October 2020

The Modern British art sector is now one of the most vibrant in the market and represent a good slice of business for both auction houses and dealers

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Second season for hidden gems

05 October 2020

Claude Francis Barry’s wartime work The Heart of the Empire, Our Finest Hour, 1940, is among the highlights coming up at Liss Llewellyn’s second season of Hidden Gems.

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Bawden’s decimal coin design makes a Mint

28 September 2020

Edward Bawden (1903-89) was one of a number of artists invited to submit designs ahead of Britain’s changeover to decimal coinage. Designs were invited for six coins: the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p pieces.

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One last visit to the Colony Room in new exhibition

28 September 2020

Modern and contemporary gallery recalls the faces and the artists of fabled Soho drinking den

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Art gallery show will fund artist anthology

14 September 2020

Though best remembered for his work as an illustrator and printmaker, British artist Ethelbert White (1891-1972) was also a prolific painter of English landscapes.

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The Fine Art Society gallery finds quirky Soho home

14 September 2020

Two years after closing its Mayfair base the gallery has reopened in lively Carnaby Street in London.

ATG letter: Can anyone help with my Cedric Morris show search?

07 September 2020

MADAM – Hadleigh Old School in Suffolk is reopening as a concert hall in 2021. A former Victorian boys’ school, it became an arts and music venue in the 1970s under maestro Thomas McIntosh, the famous American pianist and conductor.

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Elisabeth Frink's Royal Academy diploma withdrawn from auction and donated to Dorset History Centre

31 August 2020

Among the contents of the home of the late Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-93) and later her son, Lin Jammet (1958-2017), offered at auction last week, was the sculptor’s Royal Academy diploma.

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Belgrave St Ives goes to online

31 August 2020

Belgrave St Ives is moving from its premises of 22 years to operate as an online gallery from September 1. Formerly using a space on Fore Street, it will now run out of its studio and art store in nearby Towednack, where individual viewings may be arranged.

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Brangwyn pushes the boat out

17 August 2020

A group of works on paper generated decent action at Keys’ (20% buyer’s premium) online-only sale of 20th Century design and modern art this summer.

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Collectors give Grosvenor artist Greengrass a try

10 August 2020

The linocuts produced by artists from the Grosvenor School provided an ideal medium to portray speed and movement in the inter-war machine age – and were perfect for sport subjects too. Those created by Sybil Andrews, such as her classic speedway image, are the best known on this theme.

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Wish you were here: Dealers offering British art with a sunny disposition

10 August 2020

This summer UK dealers are holding a host of shows featuring British artists and many are devoted to sunny views of holiday destinations.

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Elisabeth Frink studio reconstructed thanks to dealer Messums

03 August 2020

Last year Messums rescued the Wolland studio of artist Elisabeth Frink (1930-93) from collapse and has now reconstructed it in its Wiltshire premises.

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Second slice from Country Life gardens editor's collection includes many works on a plants theme

20 July 2020

A second tranche of works from the estate of Tony Venison, the long-serving gardens editor of Country Life, lifted the latest Modern British and 20th century art auction at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium).

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Early Cedric Morris works draw interest at Sworders

20 July 2020

Cedric Morris (1889-1982) is now a major name in the Mod Brit market whose most bountiful flower paintings can sell for over £100,000. While Sworders has a strong track-record with the artist-plantsman, works depicting two rather different subjects were offered at the latest sale in this category.

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Three buyers for four Bawden drawings at Essex auction

20 July 2020

Edward Bawden (1903-89) is an artist whose work appears frequently at Sworders.

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Abbott & Holder promote Duncan Grant for the 21st century

20 July 2020

Abbott & Holder recently sold a bronze head of Duncan Grant (1885-1975) by Stephen Tomlin (1901-37) to the Charleston Trust, owners of the East Sussex home where Grant once lived and worked with other members of the Bloomsbury Group.

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Contemporary art from British Airways collection heads to Sotheby’s

16 July 2020

Seventeen works from the collection of British Airways will be offered across two Sotheby’s auctions in London this month as the embattled airline seeks to raise cash after its business was badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

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