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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Collectors donate 100 pieces of studio pottery and Modern British art to The Hepworth Wakefield museum

08 April 2020

Two collectors of British studio pottery have bequeathed 100 pieces from their personal collection to The Hepworth Wakefield gallery in Yorkshire.

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Hugh Cronyn pictures emerge as Chiswick Auctions' sale focuses on West London artists

06 April 2020

Artists who flourished in and around the Chiswick and Hammersmith borders in London after the Second World War feature in an upcoming sale this month.

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Auerbach’s theatrical flourish in Scarborough

06 April 2020

An unsigned Frank Auerbach (b.1931) sketch in coloured inks of Camden Theatre in London, a favourite subject of the artist, emerged as the top-selling lot at Scarborough saleroom David Duggleby (22.5% buyer’s premium).

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Second tranche of pictures from dealer Duncan Campbell's collection sold in Newbury

06 April 2020

A group of pictures from the collection of the late art dealer Duncan Campbell, who died in 2011, were among the lots drawing interest at Dreweatts.

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Auction record set for British ‘society’ portraitist Ambrose McEvoy at Dreweatts

06 April 2020

Artist battles back to regain favour with auctioneers, private buyers and dealers

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Dealer launches selling exhibition in support of the NHS

04 April 2020

London’s James Hyman Gallery has launched an online selling show in support of the NHS.

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Science Museum snaps up collection of works by Second World War artist Paul Drury

23 March 2020

Sim Fine Art has sold a 28-work collection of pictures by Second World War artist Paul Drury (1903-87) to the Science Museum in London.

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Many ways to buy from annual St Ives show

23 March 2020

An exhibition of St Ives Modernism is to go ahead with all works available online.

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Sotheby’s reports ‘surge’ in online buying as clients forced to bid from home

18 March 2020

In one of the first tests of the art market since the UK government announced tougher ‘social distancing’ guidance due to the coronavirus outbreak, Sotheby’s latest ‘Made in Britain’ auction recorded a dramatic increase in online bidding.

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US buyer wins bidding battle for Terence Cuneo’s painting of British Rail’s last steam engine

17 March 2020

Terence Cuneo’s (1907-96) ‘Evening Star at Full Steam’, a painting of the last steam engine built for British Rail, sold to a US buyer at the latest picture sale held at Essex saleroom Sworders.

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Release the Lock and get into Gear for Modernist art

16 March 2020

London became the training ground for many young South African artists during the inter-war years. Among them was Cape Town painter Freida Lock (1902-62) who attended Heatherley School of Art and the Central School of Art where she was introduced to the works of post-Impressionists such as Van Gogh, Cézanne and Braque.

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Top of the Lowry prints league

16 March 2020

Limited-edition work showing Salford artist’s famous football scene nets a new high

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Sim Fine Art offers rediscovered works by wartime hospital artist

16 March 2020

Dealer’s London exhibition showcases the ‘exceptional’ but forgotten work of Paul Drury.

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Lowry harbour scene: more to mum’s taste

16 March 2020

It was scenes of pleasure boats at Lytham St Anne’s on the Lancashire coast like the one shown below that Lowry’s mother supposedly favoured over her son’s darker industrial scenes.

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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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