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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Lowry and his Rossetti prove top draws at 19th century art sales

15 July 2019

A Pre-Raphaelite drawing once owned by LS Lowry drew lively competition at the latest round of 19th century art sales in London.

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Kyffin Williams and Norman Cornish help saleroom's specialist sale

15 July 2019

Tennants credited “fresh-to-market pictures with a strong provenance” as the driving force behind the notable results in its Modern and Contemporary Art sale.

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5 Questions: Denys Wilcox of The Court Gallery

15 July 2019

Denys Wilcox of The Court Gallery specialises in British and French art from 1880 to the late 20th century with an emphasis on English Post-Impressionism and the Paris School. He recently published 'The Art of Doris Hatt'.

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Auction house Sotheby’s moves to ‘grand’ new office in Edinburgh

11 July 2019

Sotheby’s is relocating its Edinburgh office in time for the August festival season in the city and will preview its September Scottish art sale in its new home near St Andrew Square.

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Records fall in Mod Brit sales despite a blue-chip dip

08 July 2019

After a bullish 2018 for the major Modern British art sales in London – during which Christie’s posted its strongest evening sale to date – results from the first ‘Mod Brit’ series of 2019 looked a little flat by comparison.

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Previews: £30,000 plus

08 July 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms and dealerships.

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Sculptures shine as top 10 lots at Christie's

08 July 2019

In what could well be a first, all 10 of Christie’s top evening sale lots on June 17 were sculptures. The group comprised the works of four blue-chip sculptors – Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Elisabeth Frink and Barry Flanagan – and contributed much of the overall total at £11.3m.

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Lowry cricket match and Henry Moore’s Second World War drawing are top hits at Sotheby's

08 July 2019

A Cricket Match (1938) by Mod Brit giant LS Lowry (1887-1976) was the fitting headliner at Sotheby’s. Offered in the midst of the Cricket World Cup, the 18in x 2ft (46 x 61cm) oil on canvas showing a back-street match played by local children in Salford sold for a mid-estimate £950,000 to a UK private buyer.

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Eric Gill head and torso makes waves at Bonhams

08 July 2019

Much of the pre-sale publicity from Bonhams’ June 15 Mod Brit focused on Eric Gill’s (1882-1942) Girl with a Comb in her Hair (1928) – a market-fresh carved head and torso valued at £200,000-300,000 and admired for its unusual pose and luxuriant wavy hair.

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Algernon Newton view of Regents Canal offered by Abbott and Holder

08 July 2019

Abbott and Holder offers this 1940 oil on canvas of Regents Canal, Paddington, as part of a large, single-owner collection on offer in the Bloomsbury gallery.

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Would you Adam and Eve it?

01 July 2019

A study for the mysterious painting 'Allegory' by Thomas Monnington (1902-76) features in Liss Llewellyn’s exhibition of religious art in 20th century Britain. It shows a nude man and woman before a tree, an overt visual reference to Adam and Eve, but one which the artist denied.

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Serene Seago Thames scene is a Suffolk star

01 July 2019

An Edward Seago painting, The Thames at Henley, is among the highlights at the annual summer sale held at Thomson’s Gallery in Aldeburgh.

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Publicity-shy artist Percy Kelly now on a high

01 July 2019

Percy Kelly (1918-93) was so averse to the limelight that only a few of his paintings were ever shown publicly during his life. But a major retrospective in 2015 and a birth centenary last year has helped raise the Cumbrian artist’s profile – and his prices.

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Glyn Philpot watercolour makes a fur result

01 July 2019

Tentatively guided at £200-400, this watercolour of an unknown sitter below attributed to the painter and sculptor Glyn Philpot (1884-1937) attracted multiple bids in Cardiff.

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Pitman painter Norman Cornish on the rise

01 July 2019

Miners heading to work in the early morning with lit lamps, denizens of northern pubs with flat caps and pipes, women pushing prams or hanging up the washing: these figures populate the works of Norman Cornish (1919-2014), the ‘pitman painter’.

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Rediscovered Eric Ravilious drawing from Grimsby trip makes £3000 at Roseberys

01 July 2019

In the spring of 1940, Eric Ravilious (1903-42) spent three weeks in Grimsby during his role as a war artist.

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Adrian Heath works on paper go on show at London gallery

17 June 2019

This abstract oil on paper is among the works on paper by the modern British painter Adrian Heath (1920-92) currently on show at St James’s gallery Alan Wheatley Art.

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Portrait of Augustus John’s painterly daughter brings bidding in Cambridge

17 June 2019

A portrait by Augustus John (1878-1961) of his daughter Gwyneth Johnstone attracted keen attention at auction in Cambridge last week.

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Edward Bawden Liverpool Street Station print steams in at £9200

17 June 2019

Edward Bawden (1903-89) produced his celebrated print, Liverpool Street Station, in 1961. He knew the station well – using it regularly when travelling between London and his home in Great Bardfield, Essex.

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Connect art fair to join the summer season in 2020

10 June 2019

Connect – The Independent Art Fair, which debuted at London’s Mall Galleries in January, has added a June event to the 2020 calendar.

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