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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‘Exceptional’ wartime sketches bring high demand at Dominic Winter

25 November 2019

A group of “historically important” watercolour and pencil drawings of the London Blitz sparked a bidding war at Cirencester saleroom Dominic Winter (20% buyer’s premium).

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Collectors wake up to Michael Ayrton painting talent

25 November 2019

As his reputation began to grow in the early 1940s, Michael Ayrton (1921-75) embarked on a series of melancholic paintings in the Neo-Romantic style.

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Artist happy to chop and change

18 November 2019

At various stages of painting 'Pear Still Life' (1971), Craigie Aitchison (1926-2009) included a golden bird, a yellow rose and constellation of five-pointed stars.

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Philip Mould makes his divine intervention with Ambrose McEvoy exhibition

18 November 2019

A portrait of a mystery sitter by Ambrose McEvoy (1877-1927) sold at auction nearly four years ago led dealer Philip Mould to uncover a forgotten stash of works by the neglected British artist in a lock-up.

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Dealer duo stage St James’s exhibition featuring old and recent views of London

18 November 2019

'Lights o’ London – Glasshouse Street by Piccadilly Circus' is among more than 20 works by Rex Vicat Cole (1870-1940) and his son John on offer at a show featuring depictions of the capital spanning 200 years.

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Previews: £20,000 plus

11 November 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Works by art market favourite Cedric Morris come to auction

04 November 2019

Newcastle-upon-Tyne saleroom Anderson & Garland has received a group of works by current market favourite Cedric Morris (1889-1982) which it will offer for sale early next year. The oil 'Spanish Basket of Vegetable No.1 1961', as indicated by labels to the reverse, was exhibited at the Tate’s Morris exhibition in March-May 1984.

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Cedric Morris' pupil David Carr creates his own interest

04 November 2019

Morris record takes the headlines but his pupil is also in demand at same sale.

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Drought supplies ample artistic inspiration for Mod Brit duo

04 November 2019

The year after Cedric Morris painted his verdant Foxgloves in 1932, a severe drought cut through much of southern Britain. The parched soil and the hardship it brought were a source of artistic inspiration for those who painted the form and the character of the rural landscape.

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Porthia Prints products appear in Lyon & Turnbull's London sale

04 November 2019

The Lyon & Turnbull Modern Made sale in London on November 14 includes an archive of material relating to Porthia Prints, the company established by St Ives artist Denis Mitchell and his brother in the 1950s.

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View of Swansea street before the bombs

04 November 2019

A 1940s view of Swansea described as ‘historically important’ by the auction house which sold it featured among some good results for 20th century Welsh art in the regions.

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Nicholson lights up Somerset sale

04 November 2019

Simple still-life of flowers showcases the Mod Brit artist’s love of colour and luminosity

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Plea to trade for help to find stolen colourist painting

29 October 2019

A painting by British colourist Jeffrey Pratt (b.1940) was stolen from a private home in Surrey while the owners were away.

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Cedric Morris market in full bloom as Sworders set auction record

28 October 2019

London art dealer Philip Mould was the successful bidder for three works by Cedric Morris (1889-1982) sold in Essex last week. One set a new auction record for the artist plantsman.

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The sound result of the suburbs

28 October 2019

Classic summer scene by artist known for neighbourhood views makes rare appearance

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Cedric Morris picture achieves auction record and helps fund centre for artistic and horticultural education

22 October 2019

A fresh auction record for artist plantsman Cedric Morris (1889-1982) has been set at Sworders’ Modern British and 20th century art auction today.

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Pick of the week: An artwork of great propaganda value

21 October 2019

“Germany calling, Germany calling” were the chilling opening words spoken by the upper-class British accent of William Joyce – Lord Haw Haw – and other presenters in propaganda radio broadcasts from Nazi Germany during the Second World War.

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Auction of Suffolk artists’ pictures to support the East Anglian Art Fund

16 October 2019

Pictures and sculptures by two Suffolk artists will be auctioned to raise funds for a local artistic community.

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Two Mod Brit works back on market in Dorset saleroom

14 October 2019

Oil paintings by two significant names in Modern British art made their first appearances on the market in decades at an auction in Dorset.

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Patrick Procktor works prove popular at auctions thanks to Redfern provenance

14 October 2019

A near sell-out show at The Redfern Gallery in London in 1963 immediately established Patrick Procktor (1936-2003), the Dublin-born painter, as a star of the London art scene at the age of just 27.

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