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.


Artist Kathleen Scale's work weighed up by a fresh audience

10 June 2024

The opening section of Duke’s latest Art & Design post 1880 sale was devoted to the ‘forgotten’ artist Kathleen Muriel Scale (1913-2006).


Whether country or town views, Newlyn artists are setting the scene

10 June 2024

More paintings on offer in Dorest saleroom from the Cornish ‘school’ show the market strength

Oswald Birley portrait

Portrait of doomed naval commander makes second highest auction price for Oswald Birley

06 June 2024

Just three crew members survived out of 1418 after HMS Hood was sunk on May 24, 1941, after a ferocious and brief exchange of gunfire with German battleship Bismarck.

Peter Rose Pulham surrealist painting

Newcastle saleroom sets auction record for surrealist Pulham

06 June 2024

Pictures by the early English surrealist Peter Rose Pulham (1910-1956) are relatively rare at auction but the interest garnered by a few works that emerged recently suggested they are on the rise commercially.


Bloomsbury Group attracts fresh buyers

03 June 2024

Result of select offering in London shows a healthy market which now even includes Asian bidders


Vendor left ‘speechless’ after ‘Ben Nicholson’ mural withdrawn from Lay’s auction

03 June 2024

A row over the attribution of a ‘Ben Nicholson’ mural painting that appeared on the BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' led to the work being withdrawn at the last minute from an auction in Penzance.


Seago stays close to East Anglian roots

03 June 2024

Flooding in the Waveney Valley features among a group of more than 50 paintings by Edward Seago (1910-74) on show at Portland Gallery this month.

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John Duncan Fergusson anniversary marked with 17 works at Lyon & Turnbull

28 May 2024

The 150th anniversary of the birth of the Colourist painter John Duncan Fergusson (1874-1961) is being marked at Lyon & Turnbull on June 6.


Mod Brit dealer puts the spotlight on painter teacher Norman Clark

27 May 2024

Show covers highly rated British artist who was content to keep a low profile

Lucian Freud portrait

Sotheby’s announces details of latest summer show

24 May 2024

Sotheby’s is hosting an exhibition in London this summer featuring 12 works loaned from museums. All the works are by artists who were born overseas but passed through or settled in the UK permanently.


Previews: issue 2644

20 May 2024

Our selection of lots from nine upcoming auctions


Art innovator Richardson’s collection comes to auction

20 May 2024

Marion Richardson (1892-1946), a pioneer of the child art movement, was described as ‘one of the most influential art innovators of our time’.


Actor Peter Barkworth also had a private passion for collecting

20 May 2024

Despite Peter Barkworth’s very public profile his art collecting was a much more personal matter


Five Questions with art dealer Simon Rastall

20 May 2024

Simon Rastall, one of the exhibitors at the recent Annual Buxton Decorative Antiques & Art Fair, runs Rastall Art, which specialises in 20th century paintings.

Girl in a Black Dress by Dod Procter

Early Dod Procter portrait turns heads at West Sussex auction

16 May 2024

A bidding battle broke out at Bellmans in West Sussex yesterday for an early and engaging portrait by Dod Procter (1890-1972), setting the second highest auction price ever recorded for the artist.

Peter Rose Pulham painting

Rare work by English surrealist Pulham appears at Newcastle auction

13 May 2024

A painting by the early English surrealist Peter Rose Pulham (1910-1956) will be offered at Newcastle saleroom Anderson & Garland later this month.

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Collection of commander killed when HMS Hood was sunk by the Bismarck comes to auction

01 May 2024

When HMS Hood was sunk on May 24, 1941, it caused shock waves throughout the world, given that the Royal Navy battlecruiser was regarded as one of the most technically advanced warships then afloat.


Dealers going their own way

29 April 2024

In some cases, having a business passed on is a dream come true. Deep stock and a respected name can make the prospect of carrying a firm forward into the next generation a tempting proposition. But it can also feel like golden handcuffs.


Nicholson women showcased at Crane Kalman

22 April 2024

William and Ben have to step aside as gallery exhibition recognises a long-running artistic dynasty


Dealer Florence Evans takes the pick of Pillitz

22 April 2024

Until late last year, few people involved in the Modern British art market, even veteran dealers, had ever heard of Hedwig Pillitz (1896-1987).