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.


LS Lowry works from Cilla Black's collection

Cilla Black’s Lowry paintings sold at Sotheby’s Modern British art auction

14 June 2016

Three works by LS Lowry (1887-1976) formerly owned by the late Cilla Black sold for almost £700,000 (including premium) at Sotheby’s yesterday.

Algernon Newton view of Notting Hill

Algernon Newton view of Notting Hill brings £65,000 bidding storm in Gloucestershire auction

10 June 2016

The small loan exhibition ‘The Peculiarity of Algernon Newton (1880-1968)’ by dealer Daniel Katz in 2012 helped put on the map a British painter who went largely unrecognised during his lifetime.

Modern Art Fair in London is postponed

23 May 2016

Although its launch was only announced in February, the ‘Modern Art Fair’ planned for September in London has been postponed, but will run in 2017.

Golden Hours by Frederic, Lord Leighton

Christie’s to stage themed evening sale of British Art in London this summer

03 May 2016

Christie’s have announced details of their latest ‘themed’ sale – an evening sale of British art which will take place in London on June 30.

Richard Green in his Bond Street premises

Climbing the ladder is harder than ever, says Richard Green

25 April 2016

Dealers starting out today will struggle to replicate the success of established Old Master dealers, according to Richard Green.

David Tindle painting at Grand Auctions

Tindle paintings trundle into Folkestone saleroom

21 April 2016

A selection of works by David Tindle (b.1932) will be offered at Grand Auctions in Folkestone on May 9.

Cedric Morris still life

Cedric Morris blossoms in the saleroom with two auction records set in 48 hours

15 April 2016

In the space of just 48 hours, two paintings by the self-taught Welsh artist and horticulturalist Cedric Morris (1889-1982) raised the auction bar for his work to a new level.

Eric Ravilious watercolour at Sworders

Ravilious watercolour makes £85,000 at Sworders

13 April 2016

A watercolour by Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) drew serious bidding at Sworders this week, overtaking a £40,000-60,000 estimate before it was knocked down at £85,000.

20/21 British Art Fair to be relaunched at new venue in June 2017

30 March 2016

The 20/21 British Art Fair will be relaunched next summer at the newly refurbished Mall Galleries in St James’s.

Eric Ravilious watercolour at Sworders

Ravilious watercolour leads Sworders’ dedicated Modern British art auction

24 March 2016

An Eric Ravilious (1903-42) watercolour has emerged at Sworders of Essex and will be among the star lots at their first dedicated Modern British Art sale next month.

Gluck Sussex landscape at Mallams auction

Gluck’s Sussex landscape brings demand at Mallams

18 March 2016

Among the lots drawing competition at the latest picture sale held by Mallams of Oxford was a hilltop view of the Sussex landscape by Hannah Gluckstein (1895-1978).

Modern British art fair launched in London

25 February 2016

Following the cancellation of the 20/21 British Art Fair, a new event has been announced that intends to fill the gap left by the loss of the established September fixture.

Artists Resale Right royalties

£50m collected in decade of Artist’s Resale Right

24 February 2016

A decade on since Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) was launched in the UK, over £50m has been collected from auctions and dealers for artists and their heirs.

20/21 art fair cancelled as venues dry up

09 February 2016

This year’s 20/21 British Art Fair, held in September for more than a quarter century, has been cancelled as no suitable London venue can be found.

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Modern British greats in focus: Freud archive and Bacon catalogue

30 November 2015

An archive comprising Lucian Freud’s sketchbooks, drawings and letters has been acquired by the nation from the estate of the artist through the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme.

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Paul Nash leads Modern British art selection at Cottees

17 April 2015

Dorset auctioneers Cottees ventured into the Modern Art market with their latest sale featuring works by the likes of Paul Nash, Fred Yates and Lawrence Durrell.

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New show turns spotlight on Kenneth Rowntree

10 April 2015

Dulwich Picture Gallery launched a long overdue show of watercolours by Eric Ravilious (1903-42) last week, an artist unswayed by fashion whose paintings and designs encapsulate the spirit of inter-War England.

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Philpot portrait from Noël Coward’s collection sets £250,000 record

23 March 2015

This portrait by Glyn Warren Philpot (1884-1937) was the star performer of pictures formerly in Sir Noël Coward’s collection sold at Christie’s South Kensington.

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Rediscovered Ravilious sets new record at £265,000

03 October 2014

When Ann Ullmann, the daughter of Eric Ravilious (1903-42), visited J.S. Auctions’ newly refurbished salerooms in Banbury in August, she declared herself delighted to see this previously unknown 16 x 20in (41 x 52cm) watercolour, above, by her father for the first time.

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Ravilious discovery among highlights in the regions

29 August 2014

With the new auction season kicking off in September, plenty of pictures will be going under the hammer over the next few weeks and, naturally, there are a few stars that have come to light across the regions.

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