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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Hunter catches the eye in a Colourist selection

01 November 2021

Works by the Scottish Colourists led the day as expected at Bonhams’ (27.5/25/20/14.5% buyer’s premium) latest Scottish art sale in Edinburgh but the slightly muted demand that emerged meant it was not always plain sailing.

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St Tropez scene by ‘The Fifth Colourist’ John Maclauchlan Milne catches the eye in Glasgow sale

01 November 2021

The artist John Maclauchlan Milne (1885-1957) is sometimes referred to as ‘The Fifth Colourist’ due to the way he followed in the Post-Impressionist tradition of fellow Scottish painters Peploe, Fergusson, Cadell and Hunter.

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Telfer channels spirit of Peploe

01 November 2021

Your starter for 10 – can you identify the artist of these still-lifes? Samuel Peploe, right?

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Small Peploe view of the Hebrides shines

01 November 2021

A small picture by a giant of the 20th century Scottish art market captivated both domestic and overseas buyers at Sworders’ (25% buyer’s premium) latest Modern and Contemporary art sale.

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Special Peploe spotlight at Lyon & Turnbull next month

01 November 2021

To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the Scottish Colourist Samuel John Peploe (1871-1935), Lyon & Turnbull’s sale of Scottish Paintings & Sculpture auction on December 9 will have a special focus on the artist.

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High-profile lots stack up to a bumper offering

27 October 2021

The top two UK auction houses have announced a string of high-profile consignments coming to auction in the autumn/winter season.

‘The Auction’ by LS Lowry

LS Lowry’s only painting of an auction to be offered at Sotheby’s

27 October 2021

This autumn, ‘The Auction’ by LS Lowry (1887-1976) will be offered at Sotheby’s Modern British Art sale in London.

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Wartime work showing soldiers in Normandy joins Olympia fair highlights

27 October 2021

A “vanishingly rare” oil by Barnett Freedman (1901-58) showing a newly liberated Normandy town shortly after D-Day is among the star exhibits at the Winter Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia in London.

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Thorburn and Munnings country pursuits come together at auctions

27 October 2021

It has been a busy season for ornithological favourite Archibald Thorburn (1860-1935) with a number of quality pictures previously sold by leading dealers reappearing at auction and attracting keen interest.

Henry Moore sculpture

Henry Moore heads strong Mod Brit showing

18 October 2021

Small bronzes form part of a group of sculptures underlining the market demand at regional salerooms.

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British studio ceramics feature in US collection coming to auction

18 October 2021

The studio pottery collection of the late US dealer Dr John Driscoll will be offered at Phillips in conjunction with specialist Maak.

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‘Exceptionally rare’ Tippett works at auction

18 October 2021

Another studio sale bringing attention to an artist whose work rarely appears was held at Dreweatts (25% buyer’s premium) via a timed online auction of pictures by Bruce Tippett (1933-2017) that closed on September 16.

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Barns-Graham personal collection on offer

18 October 2021

Among the highlights in terms of Mod Brit sales this autumn, Lyon & Turnbull will offer the personal collection of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004) .

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Whone works in demand, whether Glasgow or Yorkshire

18 October 2021

A number of works by musician-artist Herbert Whone (1925-2011) have generated notable interest over the course of 2021.

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Sex education: female artist focus at London auction

18 October 2021

Bonhams becomes latest saleroom to hold auctions dedicated to works by women.

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How a studio sale can transform the market

18 October 2021

It is certainly not unheard of for a studio sale to transform the market for a Modern British artist.

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Prints trigger Rego’s imagination

18 October 2021

A Paula Rego (b.1935) print was among the works bringing interest at a charity sale held by Dorchester saleroom Duke’s to support a disability centre.

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Latest instalment of London Art Week online events kicks off with focus on the Bloomsbury Group and Charleston

16 October 2021

London Art Week's third instalment of Art History in Focus returns with online talks, themed editorials and live exhibition tours.

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Thompson’s opens third gallery

11 October 2021

Thompson’s Galleries, specialist in Modern and Contemporary British art, is opening a third exhibition space this October.

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A Henry Moore sculpture and a 19th century state carriage are among six lots to watch

11 October 2021

With estimates from £400-80,000, here are six previews of upcoming items this week.

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