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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The time is right for Gwen John

06 June 2022

Welsh dealer holding an exhibition on the artist says he has constant requests for her work

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Sir Matthew Smith work sold at second attempt

06 June 2022

Showing the growing sensitivity towards estimates in the Modern British market, a portrait by Sir Matthew Smith (1879-1959) that had been unsold at Halls last year did rather better when it was reoffered last month with a reduced pitch.

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Bawden and wider Great Bardfield interest

06 June 2022

Two rare Edward Bawden (1903-89) prints showing Ives Farm in Great Bardfield drew interest in a Modern and Contemporary art sale.

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John Bratby, the pretty and the gritty

06 June 2022

Bright sunflowers and urban scene demonstrate different sides of the Mod Brit artist

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That’s the spirit: Sim pictures Brit social history and culture

30 May 2022

A 12-picture series titled The Modern Rake’s Progress is at the heart of a new exhibition from British picture dealer Andrew Sim of Sim Fine Art.

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Officer portrayed by little-known artist plays his part

23 May 2022

Among recent sales with a lyrical element was Mallams’ (25% buyer’s premium) Art & Music auction on April 6 in Oxford.

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Artist Luard back in the saddle

16 May 2022

Exhibition devoted to skilled ‘old-fashioned’ painter reveals a particular interest in horses

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Time for a commercial break

16 May 2022

Try original advertising artwork if you want to capture the atmosphere of an era.

Dunkirk scene by Ernest Procter

Dunkirk 1918 scene sets Ernest Procter record

09 May 2022

Setting a record price for the Newlyn artist Ernest Procter (1886-1935), a previously lost First World War scene generated strong competition at Lyon & Turnbull’s latest Modern Made auction.

Ravilous watercolour

The Fry Art Gallery reopens after refurb with Great Bardfield exhibition sponsored by Sworders

03 May 2022

The Fry Art Gallery in Essex has undergone a major refurbishment and one of the first shows is being supported by local auction house Sworders.

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Softer side of the Newlyn community

02 May 2022

When people think of the Newlyn School, most commonly it is pictures of Cornish fishermen, farmers and miners that spring to mind.

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Procter’s eyewitness account of Dunkirk, 1918

25 April 2022

A previously lost First World War work by the Newlyn artist Ernest Procter (1886-1935) comes to auction this week.

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Gore captures island charm

25 April 2022

Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) Modern & Contemporary Art sale on March 16 was led by some distance by the rare lead Mother and Child sculpture by Henry Moore (1898-1986) which was bid to £320,000 (see News, ATG No 2535).

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Connect Art Fair re-connects with visitors

18 April 2022

This original poster design for a Mediterranean travel poster by British artist Frank Newbould (1887-1951) was among the highlight sales at the recent Connect Art Fair.

The British Art Fair

Will Ramsay adds British Art Fair to worldwide line-up

04 April 2022

The British Art Fair has been bought by Ramsay Fairs.

Pilgrims Hall

Whistler’s wider range of subjects on show at Yorkshire auction

04 April 2022

A dreamy interwar architectural portrait of Pilgrims Hall, Essex, by Rex Whistler (1905-44) generated interest at Tennants (22% buyer’s premium) of Leyburn, North Yorkshire, on March 19.

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Bidder’s Tomkin search brings a result

04 April 2022

The Kent artist William Stephen Tomkin (1861-1940) is best known as a proficient watercolour painter of marine subjects and a draughtsman who worked for General August Pitt Rivers (of Oxford museum fame) between 1882-90.

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Typical Bradley work recalls Blackpool childhood scene

28 March 2022

A work by the prolific Helen Bradley (1900-79) drew interest at the latest Northern Art sale held by Wilson55 (22% buyer’s premium) in Nantwich, Cheshire.

Henry Moore Mother and Child

Moore’s Mother and Child in lead takes £320,000 at Dreweatts auction

21 March 2022

Dreweatts offered this market-fresh Henry Moore (1898-1986) figure group, 'Mother and Child', on March 16.

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Boost for Benton End lesser names

21 March 2022

Refurbishment of the East Anglian art school’s former home and an exhibition could push prices up

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