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.


Algernon Newton suits the market mood

06 March 2023

The naturalistic landscapes and moody urban scenes of Algernon Cecil Newton (1880-1968) have provided a boon to both London and regional salerooms for well over a decade now.


Sensible estimates create the right conditions to sell

06 March 2023

A couple of prints by leading names from the early 20th century drew attention at recent regional sales despite some notable condition issues.


Auction action moves from idyllic countryside to rugged mountains

20 February 2023

Two Henry Lamb (1883-1960) landscapes, unseen in public since the early 1960s, attracted a flurry of bids


Sickert disciple given own show

20 February 2023

Cardiff gallery holds Morland Lewis exhibition over 80 years since his last known dedicated display

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Top stories this week including news of a portrait discovery by dealer Rupert Maas

19 February 2023

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of an engaging portrait of a young boy that was bought by Rupert Maas at a regional auction being restored and fully attributed to Harold Knight (1874-1961).

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Restored and reattributed: Dealer Rupert Maas reveals Harold Knight picture

13 February 2023

An unidentified but engaging portrait of a young boy that was bought by art dealer Rupert Maas at a regional auction last year has been restored and fully attributed to Harold Knight (1874-1961).


Leaning towards Scottish artworks

13 February 2023

This oil on board by Willie Rodger (1930-2018), 'Burnley' from 1998, is included in Panter and Hall’s latest edition of its annual Scottish Show.


John Boyd’s fishermen prove a catch

13 February 2023

Contemporary artist created a distinctive range of compositions showing men cradling model boats


Lynn Chadwick bronzes taken into account

13 February 2023

Many of the best-sellers at Roseberys’ (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) auction of Modern British and 20th century art in south London came from the collection of former Wall Street banker Geoffrey Elliott (1939-2021) and his wife Fay.


Later Tate director also made a good impression as an artist early on

06 February 2023

If this painting of a farmhouse in Brittany seems reminiscent of a piece of French Impressionism, that’s probably no coincidence.


John Piper put in the spotlight by a London gallery

06 February 2023

An oil on board of Highclere Park painted in 1943 is the highlight image at Portland Gallery’s exhibition on John Piper (1903-92) this month.


Artist Wyatt captures Byron's wild corsair

30 January 2023

Portrait of Lord Byron subject offered at Dreweatts auction demonstrates considerable skill of a British artist


High society portraits generate enduring appeal

30 January 2023

Society portraits from the early part of the 20th century retain a good following at auction


What a great work: it’s Brill

30 January 2023

'Lovers', a pastel on paper by Rosalie Brill (1903-92) features in the latest online exhibition by Modern British Art Gallery.


Albany Gallery stages exhibition of works from artist Josef Herman's estate

23 January 2023

The pen and wash drawing of three men and a barrel by Josef Herman (1911-2000) shown above is on offer at Albany Gallery’s upcoming exhibition for £500.

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Pair of Veronica Burleigh portraits soar over estimates to take highest ever prices

16 January 2023

Bringing fervent bidding at Kings Russell’s (28% buyer’s premium) first sale of the year, two portraits by Veronica Burleigh (1909-99) set the highest prices ever recorded for the Sussex painter.


Officer’s first-rank taste in artworks

09 January 2023

Another slice of the collection which brought a Christopher Wood record comes up in Gloucestershire saleroom


Nude reveals the Cubist talents of Cissie Kean

09 January 2023

Cissie Kean (1871-1961) dedicated her life to painting after sustaining a severe injury during a riding accident as a young adult.


Ceri Richards shows his personal side

02 January 2023

Despite a few surprises among the lots at Rogers Jones’ (24% buyer’s premium) third and final Welsh Sale of 2022, the solid performance of at least one of the leading pictures was probably more expected.


Sitter appeal: Portraits from Victorian sportsman to 20th century businessman bring demand

02 January 2023

The record-setting piece of Beswick pottery at a recent sale at Potteries Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) – a rare variant of a shire horse model that fetched £11,300 (ATG No 2569) – was not the only lot bringing notable demand.