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.


The Dandelion Field by William Nicholson

Three William Nicholson paintings emerge at Kent auction

23 June 2022

This small and early painting by Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949) titled ‘The Dandelion Field’ is one of three works by the artist being offered at Grand Auctions in Folkestone, Kent.

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Lesser names become estimate-busters in Somerset sale

20 June 2022

Strong prices do not always have to be seven, six or even five figure sums.

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Fitzgerald: it’s a family affair

20 June 2022

A group of 39 lots at Dreweatts’ latest Old Master, British and European Art sale on May 26 came from a descendant of the artist John Anster Fitzgerald (1832-1906).

John Bellany picture

Pick of the week: The £80,000 picture before Bellany went off the railings

13 June 2022

Works by John Bellany (1942-2013) abound at auction, with at least 2000 pictures sold in the last 10 years.

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North west by Northern painter Delaney

13 June 2022

Another artist for whom a plentiful supply of works is available is Northern painter Arthur Delaney (1927-87).

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Previews: 20th century art

13 June 2022

Summer highlights from auctions and dealers.

Sir William Nicholson still-life

Nicholson still-life goes to dealer Richard Green

06 June 2022

London dealer Richard Green was the successful bidder on a Sir William Nicholson (1872- 1949) still-life sold for £440,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium).

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Sir Matthew Smith work sold at second attempt

06 June 2022

Showing the growing sensitivity towards estimates in the Modern British market, a portrait by Sir Matthew Smith (1879-1959) that had been unsold at Halls last year did rather better when it was reoffered last month with a reduced pitch.

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The time is right for Gwen John

06 June 2022

Welsh dealer holding an exhibition on the artist says he has constant requests for her work

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Bawden and wider Great Bardfield interest

06 June 2022

Two rare Edward Bawden (1903-89) prints showing Ives Farm in Great Bardfield drew interest in a Modern and Contemporary art sale.

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John Bratby, the pretty and the gritty

06 June 2022

Bright sunflowers and urban scene demonstrate different sides of the Mod Brit artist

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That’s the spirit: Sim pictures Brit social history and culture

30 May 2022

A 12-picture series titled The Modern Rake’s Progress is at the heart of a new exhibition from British picture dealer Andrew Sim of Sim Fine Art.

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Officer portrayed by little-known artist plays his part

23 May 2022

Among recent sales with a lyrical element was Mallams’ (25% buyer’s premium) Art & Music auction on April 6 in Oxford.

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Time for a commercial break

16 May 2022

Try original advertising artwork if you want to capture the atmosphere of an era.

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Artist Luard back in the saddle

16 May 2022

Exhibition devoted to skilled ‘old-fashioned’ painter reveals a particular interest in horses

Dunkirk scene by Ernest Procter

Dunkirk 1918 scene sets Ernest Procter record

09 May 2022

Setting a record price for the Newlyn artist Ernest Procter (1886-1935), a previously lost First World War scene generated strong competition at Lyon & Turnbull’s latest Modern Made auction.

Ravilous watercolour

The Fry Art Gallery reopens after refurb with Great Bardfield exhibition sponsored by Sworders

03 May 2022

The Fry Art Gallery in Essex has undergone a major refurbishment and one of the first shows is being supported by local auction house Sworders.

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Softer side of the Newlyn community

02 May 2022

When people think of the Newlyn School, most commonly it is pictures of Cornish fishermen, farmers and miners that spring to mind.

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Procter’s eyewitness account of Dunkirk, 1918

25 April 2022

A previously lost First World War work by the Newlyn artist Ernest Procter (1886-1935) comes to auction this week.

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Gore captures island charm

25 April 2022

Dreweatts’ (25% buyer’s premium) Modern & Contemporary Art sale on March 16 was led by some distance by the rare lead Mother and Child sculpture by Henry Moore (1898-1986) which was bid to £320,000 (see News, ATG No 2535).

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