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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Adrian Heath works on paper go on show at London gallery

17 June 2019

This abstract oil on paper is among the works on paper by the modern British painter Adrian Heath (1920-92) currently on show at St James’s gallery Alan Wheatley Art.

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Portrait of Augustus John’s painterly daughter brings bidding in Cambridge

17 June 2019

A portrait by Augustus John (1878-1961) of his daughter Gwyneth Johnstone attracted keen attention at auction in Cambridge last week.

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Edward Bawden Liverpool Street Station print steams in at £9200

17 June 2019

Edward Bawden (1903-89) produced his celebrated print, Liverpool Street Station, in 1961. He knew the station well – using it regularly when travelling between London and his home in Great Bardfield, Essex.

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Connect art fair to join the summer season in 2020

10 June 2019

Connect – The Independent Art Fair, which debuted at London’s Mall Galleries in January, has added a June event to the 2020 calendar.

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Horse sense: Robert Bevan lithographs trot into saleroom

10 June 2019

London’s horse dealers, auctioneers and cab-yards are among the most memorable subjects painted by Camden Town Group founder Robert Bevan (1865-1925) during the early 20th century.

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Works by artist Rose Henriques are revitalised in East Sussex sale

10 June 2019

A remarkable cache of paintings depicting bomb-scarred London during the Blitz by a Jewish artist who devoted herself to a life of altruistic endeavour sold at an auction in Sussex.

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Distinct Barns-Graham images depict a distant isle

03 June 2019

An acrylic on paper of Timanfaya, the only active volcano on the Canary Island of Lanzarote, by British artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004), is one of the highlights of the exhibition A Distant Isle.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

03 June 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Henry Lamb portrait tops sale while German bronzes perform strongly

27 May 2019

A portrait by Henry Lamb (1883-1960) making its first appearance at auction fetched a sale-topping £18,000 at Cambridge auction house Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) on May 9.

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Elisabeth Frink maquette flies to five figures

27 May 2019

Inside Manchester Airport stands a sculpture dedicated to John Alcock and Arthur Brown, two aviators who made the first non-stop transatlantic flight in June 1919.

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Five places to see and buy art in London next week including a Cedric Morris flower exhibition in Mayfair

24 May 2019

A look at the top quality works on view at commercial galleries and major institutions in the run-up to London’s busy summer schedule of art fairs and events.

‘A Cricket Match’ by LS Lowry

Five works raising the bar for LS Lowry since ‘A Cricket Match’ last appeared at auction 23 years ago

23 May 2019

LS Lowry’s (1887-1976) painting of a back-street cricket match in Salford from 1938 is among the stand-out lots offered at Sotheby’s this summer. Ahead of the sale, it was unveiled today at The Lowry in Salford – a public gallery not far from the Old Trafford Cricket Ground – where it will remain on view until May 27.

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Family collection based on imports for fertiliser produces a healthy farmhouse dispersal

20 May 2019

Inherited Dutch Old Masters offered alongside recently acquired modern works by artists such as Walter Sickert, Edward Seago and Gerald Kelly proved a winning formula at Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) country house dispersal held on May 1 at Donnington Priory.

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The web shop window: Portrait by British artist Mary Stork

20 May 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Ganymed prints boost Lowry value

20 May 2019

When it comes to buying limited-edition prints by LS Lowry (1887-1976), those produced by one publisher in particular stand out above the rest for collectors.

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Alan Davie and all that jazz in London gallery

20 May 2019

Scottish artist Alan Davie’s (1920- 2014) oil on canvas 'Jumpin’ at the Woodside' (1965), which is on offer at Richard Green Gallery, references a jazz number with the same title released by Count Basie in 1938.

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The web shop window: rare poster by Edward Bawden

13 May 2019

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Get the visual low-down on Ludlow

13 May 2019

This oil on canvas of A June Day, Ludlow by Beryl Maud Sinclair (1901-67) is among the works featured at Miles Wynn Cato’s final exhibition devoted to views of the Shropshire market town.

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Collection of ‘London’s best-connected man’ Sir David Tang come to auction in Sussex

11 May 2019

Hong Kong businessman, philanthropist and socialite Sir David Tang, who died in August 2017, was a luxury goods entrepreneur who mixed with the rich and famous and counted members of the royal family as his friends.

Michael Ayrton

Jerwood Collection buys Michael Ayrton picture from Hertfordshire council auction at Cheffins

10 May 2019

The Jerwood Collection of Modern British art has emerged as the buyer of ‘Encounter No 1’, an oil painting by Michael Ayrton (1921-75). After selling at the recent auction it will now go on public view.

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