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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Norman Cornish watercolour surfaces in Kent

07 March 2022

An example of the work of northern artist Norman Cornish (1919-2014) appeared down south at Canterbury Auction Galleries (22.5% buyer’s premium).

The Resurrection, Cookham by Stanley Spencer.

Cookham Resurrection sets record on paper for Stanley Spencer

28 February 2022

‘Resurrection’ scenes by Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) hold a special place in the artist’s canon.

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Study heads up a Harold Knight selection

28 February 2022

Early works by Harold Knight (1874-1961) are not seen very often at auction but a group of six appeared at Mellors & Kirk of Nottingham at the end of last year.

John Bratby picture

Hartnoll figures it’s time to promote neglected art

28 February 2022

'Window to Hardy Road', 1965, by John Bratby (1928-92) is among the figurative works offered at Julian Hartnoll’s next exhibition 'Unjustly Forgotten: Unjustly Neglected'.

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Paolozzi prints offer price options

21 February 2022

Multiple editions by the pop art pioneer mean many works are available for under £1000

‘Portrait of Dorette’ by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst

Artist’s ‘piercing’ portrait of young lover and future wife turns heads at Roseberys

17 February 2022

One of the highest prices for a work on paper by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst was set at South London saleroom Roseberys when a portrait of the model Kathleen Woodward, later the artist’s second wife, drew strong demand.

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Elisabeth Frink’s Midas touch reaches Pennsylvania

14 February 2022

This bronze Midas Head by the British sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-33) featured in a large two-day Americana and International sale held by Pook & Pook (24/13% buyer’s premium) in Downingtown, Pennsylvania on January 13-14.

Stanley Spencer

Roseberys takes bite out of Tooth collection

07 February 2022

A collection of works from the descendants of the family that ran the eminent gallery Arthur Tooth & Sons will be offered at south London saleroom Roseberys this month.

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It’s Scottish bloom time at Panter & Hall

07 February 2022

Marigolds by Alexander Galt (1913-2000) is among the pictures on offer in Panter & Hall’s The Scottish Show 2022.

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Old Masters two for one deal

07 February 2022

Intriguing lot offered paintings as central element and elaborate border section combined

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Leggett market gets a leg up

31 January 2022

Response to trio of works indicates fresh interest in female artists is a factor at all price levels

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First of a series of Anna Airy works

31 January 2022

A versatile painter in a variety of mediums, Anna Airy (1882- 1964) was considered by some to be among the most gifted artists of her day.

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Large George Bissill group provides mine of information

24 January 2022

A significant collection of works by George Bissill (1896-1973), the Derbyshire miner who enjoyed some fleeting success as an artist in the 1920s-30s but who later died largely forgotten, emerged recently at Mallams (25% buyer’s premium) in Oxford.

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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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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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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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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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