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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Fierce negotiator who had a sharp eye for artistic talent

04 March 2024

Roseberys’ sale of Modern British & 20th Century art on March 12 will include works from the collection of Bernard Sheridan (1927-2007).

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Modern British works from artistic sources boost Colchester sale

04 March 2024

A group of four pictures on offer in an Essex auction came from a vendor whose grandmother was part of the Fitzrovian set - the Bohemian group of artists and intellectuals centred around Charlotte Street in London, just north of Soho, in the 1920s-50s.

Steamer with Fish by Alfred Wallis

Works fly over estimate at Lay’s sale of the Branfield collection

29 February 2024

Underlining the strength of demand for quality pieces of 20th century Cornish art by well known names, the collection of art historian and author John Branfield and his late wife Kathleen (known as Pep) commanded plenty of interest at Penzance saleroom Lay’s.

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A picture by Newlyn School artist Midge Bruford is among five lots to watch

26 February 2024

With estimates from £400, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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Frederick Austin: an artist of the old school

26 February 2024

Group of works by a maker who used mostly traditional techniques creates a secondary market test

Dorothea Sharp view of St Ives

Five highlights from the Branfield collection of Modern British art at Lay’s

15 February 2024

Art historian and author John Branfield and his late wife Kathleen spent 50 years building their collection of Cornish art and ceramics. It will now be dispersed at Lay’s in Penzance on February 29.

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Rediscovered society portrait is among five lots to watch

12 February 2024

With estimates from £200, here are five previews of items coming up at auction this week.

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West Country painter Michael Morgan's work offered en masse for first time

12 February 2024

Core group of 14 works by the artist on offer could represent significant moment in secondary market

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Many happy returns for Mod Brit investors

05 February 2024

Canny buyers who invested in works by female artists are now reaping the rewards in salerooms

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Piper pops up at auction and Lowry lines up for sale

05 February 2024

A couple of works by leading names in the sector gave a boost to Chiswick Auctions’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest Modern British and Irish Art sale.

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Art Market: Cadell captures the Cassis light

29 January 2024

Scottish Colourist likened the French port to Iona – but with more time to paint given the weather

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First-time fair exhibitor makes a tasty sale at London Art Fair

29 January 2024

The oil painting 'Four Pears' (1976) by British artist William Scott (1913-89) was one of the stand-out sales at London Art Fair.

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Two rare Bessie MacNicol works appear at auction in a week

29 January 2024

Works by Glasgow Girl Bessie MacNicol (1869-1904) – who died in childbirth aged 34 – are represented in many public collections, especially in Scotland.

Alasdair Gray's Glasgow Triumph of Death

Major record for Alasdair Gray as apocalyptic canvas turns heads in Edinburgh auction

24 January 2024

A shot in the arm for the picture market of Alasdair Gray (1934-2019) came at the start of the year when one of his most momentous paintings emerged at auction and set a major record for the Scottish artist and writer.

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Charity gifts that keep on giving when sold at auction

22 January 2024

Spotlight on a couple of shop donations that both ended up making £20,000 hammer prices

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Hanley out of the mist at Portland Gallery show

22 January 2024

'Misty Landscape' (1987) is a characteristic work by British artist Liam Hanley (1933-2019) and one of the highlights in his retrospective at Portland Gallery next month.

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De Glehn revisited as a 30-year journey rolls on

22 January 2024

London gallery holds dedicated show decades after first championing the artist

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Pulham conjures auction magic in South London

22 January 2024

Roseberys (26% buyer’s premium) posted the second-highest auction price for Peter Rose Pulham (1910-56) at its most recent sale of Modern British & 20th Century Art.

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Fedden in the pink and over the moon

22 January 2024

Works by Mary Fedden (1915-2012) are a fairly common sight at regional auctions.

Michael Morgan painting

Artist Michael Morgan makes presence felt on auction market

18 January 2024

West Country painter Michael Morgan’s (1928-2014) career as an artist took off rather late in life.

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