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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Printing money: wall power and connoisseurship on a budget

10 May 2021

Modern prints can offer the chance to own interesting and eye-catching works, including those by well-known artists, without needing to invest large sums of money. This makes prints a viable option for collectors on a smaller budget as well as those just starting out.

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Learning the market for Grosvenor School

10 May 2021

The linocuts produced by artists from the Grosvenor School in London, which ran from 1925-40, have been one of the liveliest areas of the Modern British prints market in the last 15-20 years.

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A Polish printmaker in a Welsh mining village

10 May 2021

Most prints are closely connected with an artist’s wider oeuvre. A few good Welsh examples were on offer at Rogers Jones (22% buyer’s premium) in Cardiff on April 17.

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The Curwen Studio archive dispersed

10 May 2021

Among the publishing houses that helped put Modern British prints on the map was The Curwen Studio.

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A prime period Nicholson print sells at Dawsons

10 May 2021

'Five Circles' first appeared as part of Ben Nicholson’s (1894-1982) publication 23 Gravures in 1934 and was then released as a limited-edition print. The initial run of approximately 30 signed copies was followed by various reprintings.

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Edward Seago: the artist favoured by the royal family

03 May 2021

Edward Seago was a favourite of the establishment, royals in particular, but has a wider appeal such as his views of Hong Kong

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Northants enchants: new premises for The Canon Gallery

03 May 2021

With a lack of fairs during the pandemic and fewer scheduled in the near future, picture dealer Jeremy Green has taken the plunge and returned to running a physical gallery after 15 years of running his dealership from home and standing at fairs.

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The web shop window: John Bratby's portrait of Guy the Gorilla

12 April 2021

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Sister act – Augustus John portraits

12 April 2021

Depiction of one McNeill sister sets a record while portrait of her sibling also appears at another auction

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Harwood’s two for one offering

12 April 2021

Oil bought by the vendor directly from the artist Lucy Harwood features a still-life on the reverse

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Proud Yorkshireman’s view of God’s Own Country

12 April 2021

Tennants offered a well-received 70-lot sale dedicated to views mostly of Yorkshire from a private collection last month.

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Who said suburban life was dull?

05 April 2021

More Mod Brit delights from the Freer collection kept in a house full to bursting point

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Dylan Thomas portrait from two months before his death offered in Cardiff auction

29 March 2021

The Welsh Sale at Rogers Jones in Cardiff on April 17 includes a portrait of Dylan Thomas painted just two months before he died,

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Pru’s view of a gritty world

29 March 2021

Gravel pit subject was typical of artist’s move towards mundane subjects, as exhibition shows

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Sickert view of ‘Kikely’ offered at Essex gallery

22 March 2021

Walter Sickert (1860-1942) first met Cicely Hey at a public lecture in 1923. The very next day Hey arrived at his studio in Fitzroy Street and continued to sit for Sickert over the next decade.

LS Lowry painting

Looking to a Leyburn Lowry double in lockdown

15 March 2021

A late work by LS Lowry (1887-1976), which had never appeared on the open market before, overshot a £60,000- 90,000 estimate at Tennants’ latest Modern & Contemporary art sale.

Tower of the Koutoubia Mosque by Sir Winston Churchill

Churchill enjoys finest hour in the saleroom

08 March 2021

Sir Winston Churchill’s towering presence in the art market was on full display last week as his auction record was broken four-and-a-half times over.

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Beyond Beale to Bratby and Irish scenery

08 March 2021

The first fine art sale of 2021 at Reeman Dansie (20% buyer’s premium) will be remembered for the spectacular £100,000 bid for a Mary Beale (1633-99) work.

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Dealer hails artist Hennell as a genius

08 March 2021

Dealer Sim rates this little-known painter so highly he calls him ‘the English Van Gogh’

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Talmage catches bidders’ attention

08 March 2021

Algernon Mayow Talmage (1871-1939) is probably not the most familiar name in the canon of Modern British artists, but some believe he is undervalued.

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