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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Market-fresh Henry Moore sculpture heads from mantlepiece to auction house

19 January 2022

Dreweatts is offering a market-fresh Henry Moore (1898-1986) figural group sculpture, Mother and Child, on March 16.

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Strachey self-portrait underlines often overlooked talent

17 January 2022

Despite his famous name, the artist Henry Strachey (1863-1940) has never had much prominence at auction, with only around a dozen works having emerged.

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Yorkshire artist stars on home turf at Harrogate pavilions fair

17 January 2022

A selection of paintings by Yorkshire artist Owen Bowen (1873-1967) is exhibited on the stand of Walker Art Galleries at this month’s 'The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair'.

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Fedden feline appeals among the Freya Mitton highlights

10 January 2022

The Tabby Cat by Mary Fedden is among the highlights in Somerset dealer Freya Mitton’s upcoming exhibition of British art.

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Sale reflects centuries of Sitwells

10 January 2022

Fresh generations of the famous family added to hall’s collections to create eclectic mix. Jonathan Franks reports.

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Knife birds bronze takes McCrum a cut above in the market

10 January 2022

Modern British sculptures were the main attraction at Wotton Auction Rooms’ (18% buyer’s premium) recent sale at Stouts Hill Manor.

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Knight and Bomberg as war artists

03 January 2022

In 1946 the artist Laura Knight (1877-1970) was commissioned by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee to create a painting of the Nuremberg Trials.

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Park's portrait of wife Peggy impresses

03 January 2022

An artist’s painting of his wife turned heads at a recent David Lay (18% buyer’s premium) auction in Penzance, selling over 10 times above estimate.

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William Roberts work rings tubular bells

03 January 2022

Trademark colourful picture features people depicted with a distinctive style of limbs.

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Five top paintings sold at auctions outside London this year

28 December 2021

Despite the lockdowns, the last 12 months has been a busy time for the art market with plenty of activity witnessed around the country. Here we pick out five of the top picture results at auctions outside London in 2021.

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Bratbys on offer bought direct from the artist

20 December 2021

Two works by ‘kitchen sink’ realist John Bratby (1928-92) were offered in the latest picture sale at Olympia Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).

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Art rarity: the trade outbids private buyers

20 December 2021

A sight increasingly uncommon at auction – the trade outbidding private buyers on key lots of Modern art – occurred a number of times at Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest sale in this category.

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ATG letter: Cider picture – my bet is also Bateman says Rupert Maas

20 December 2021

Re: ‘In-cider knowledge needed…’, Letters, ATG Nos 2519/21.

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Nuremberg Trials sketch by Laura Knight in our pick of five auction highlights

17 December 2021

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes includes a Nuremberg Trials sketch by Dame Laura Knight that doubled its estimate at Woolley & Wallis.

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Dealer Philip Mould buys Fry French view

06 December 2021

A view of the town of Vence in the south of France by Roger Fry (1866-1934) caught the eye of several bidders at Cheffins (24.5% buyer’s premium).

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ATG letters: Cider gatherers bring in a sizeable harvest of responses

06 December 2021

I do hope Dr Mike Wain has better luck than I did in finding out who painted his picture ('In-cider knowledge needed…', ATG No 2519).

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Jagger portrait captures wartime fortitude

06 December 2021

Ever since the auction record for David Jagger (1891-1958) was more than doubled six years ago by the striking portrait The Conscientious Objector, works by the elusive artist have been a highly valuable proposition.

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Barns-Graham and her friends

06 December 2021

Sale of works owned by the Scottish artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham reflects strong connections with other St Ives artists.

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Plea to help track down missing Laura Knight drawings

02 December 2021

Five drawings by artist Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) were stolen from outside a home near Woodbridge in Suffolk.

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Demand for modern female artists remains on a high

29 November 2021

The strong prices for Modern British female artists keep rolling on. Among the notable results in the regions recently was a beach scene by Dorothea Sharp (1874-1955) that was among the star performers at Parker Auctions (25% buyer’s premium).

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