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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Sybil Atteck labourer works well to sell

09 March 2020

This portrait study is by Sybil Atteck (1911-75), a pioneering artist in Trinidad and Tobago of Chinese descent known for her work in watercolour.

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Scottish Colourist's view of Villefranche exceeds estimate at Bellmans

02 March 2020

Scottish Colourist George Leslie Hunter (1877-1931) is best known for his strong and vibrant still-lifes but landscapes also feature significantly in his oeuvre – and collectors will spend big to acquire the highest-quality examples.

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Gwyneth Johnstone's frenetic scene of London home hits auction high in Cambridge sale

02 March 2020

Auction prices are on the rise for the late Norfolk artist Gwyneth Johnstone (1914-2010), daughter of the artist Augustus John and niece of the Welsh painter Gwen John.

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All calm after a splitting headache

24 February 2020

Pair of Abstract oils by Richard Smith had been cut in two but that did not deter the bidders.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

24 February 2020

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Dorothea Sharp still-life blooms with bold colour in Surrey

17 February 2020

As well as painting sunny pictures of children on the beaches of Cornwall, Dorothea Sharp (1874-1955) frequently turned her paintbrush to still-lifes.

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Many faces of Mod Brit art

17 February 2020

Modestly catalogued as English School, 1960s, a Modern British study of a head emerged as one of the top-selling pictures at Sworders (25% buyer’s premium) in Stansted Mountfitchet.

‘Evening Star at Full Steam’ by Terence Cuneo

Terence Cuneo ‘end of an era’ painting of British Rail’s last steam engine emerges at Sworders’ auction

13 February 2020

A painting of the last steam engine built for British Rail by the celebrated train painter, Terence Cuneo (1907-96), is being offered at Essex saleroom Sworders next month.

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Bomberg buoyant at London Art Fair

10 February 2020

Among several paintings by David Bomberg (1890-1957) that Beaux Arts London sold at London Art Fair (LAF) was an oil, 'Portrait of Dinora' (1952), offered for £70,000.

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Well connected for a second time: Connect fair wraps up strong sales

10 February 2020

'Connect: London’s Independent Art Fair' wrapped up its second edition earlier this month, staking its place in the calendar of early fairs around the capital with rising sales and evolving strategies for organisation and selling.

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Late Cedric Morris comes into bloom

10 February 2020

Eight-strong group by the artist-plantsman provides market pointer for his post-1930s work

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Lowry drawing of bearded man with walking cane sells above hopes at Capes Dunn

10 February 2020

This pencil drawing of a bearded man with a walking cane by LS Lowry (1887-1976) is typical of the stylised figures based on the men and women the artist passed in the street.

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Sickert shows his lighter side at Lawrences' auction

03 February 2020

Late work by the pivotal avant-garde painter belies the dark nature of earlier works

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Career of Fred Yates in full focus at Mayfair show

27 January 2020

Among the oils on offer at the John Martin show on Fred Yates (1922-2008) is 'The Blizzard' (2007-8), a thickly painted scene of a street in Manchester.

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Seago sea scene offered in latest Portland Gallery showcase

25 January 2020

Low Water on the Orwell by Edward Seago (1910-74) is among the highlights at the Portland Gallery’s exhibition on the British painter.

‘The Mill, Pendlebury’ by LS Lowry

Medical researcher’s mill scene by LS Lowry sells for £2.2m at Christie’s

24 January 2020

A painting by LS Lowry (1887-1976) that had never before been seen in public led Christie’s Modern British art evening sale in London on January 21.

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Bernadette bounds into London Art Fair

20 January 2020

A sculpture by Modern British artist Kenneth Armitage (1916-2002), 'Bernadette Going to Wales', is among the works on offer at the 'London Art Fair'.

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Sensitive portrait of ‘quiet Ulsterman’ grabs the attention

20 January 2020

A sensitive portrait of a First World War soldier by the Irish painter William Orpen (1878-1931) was among a series of valuable lots chased by bidders at art sales in Dublin.

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London Calling: Mall Galleries hosts second staging of the Connect fair

20 January 2020

A view of Tower Bridge from the Thames, commuters on the District Line, a 1970s punk and historical shopfronts are among the images of London offered at the second staging of 'Connect: The Independent Art Fair'.

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Bidders show a homing instinct

20 January 2020

Private domestic demand rather than trade drives bidding at Scottish and Irish art auctions.

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