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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Life returns to the lochs and glens

25 January 2021

Traditional picturesque views of Scotland show signs of a market revival

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Two’s company, three’s allowed

04 January 2021

Collection offered in Canterbury recalls the bizarre family life of Stanley Spencer

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'More affordable' alternatives to the very top names at Roseberys

21 December 2020

An array of affordable alternatives to the blue-chip names in Modern British art generated strong bidding at Roseberys' (25% buyer’s premium) auction.

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Bonhams' Mod Brit sale bids welcome to the latest trends

14 December 2020

Something of a recurring theme at auctions this year has been the increasing volume of bidders registering for sales during the pandemic.

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Two works by William Roberts underline commercial values at Bonhams

14 December 2020

The market for William Roberts (1895- 1980) has expanded significantly in the last two decades and the performance of two small watercolours at Bonhams suggested demand is still healthy.

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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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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.

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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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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).

‘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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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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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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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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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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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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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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