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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Strong Winifred Nicholson result outside London

06 November 2023

A high price for a Winifred Nicholson (1893-1981) picture sold outside the main London rooms came recently in Cumbria.

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Laurence Biddle brings a bidding battle

06 November 2023

Among the works that caught the eye at a Mellors & Kirk (24% buyer’s premium) sale in Nottingham was a flower painting by Laurence Biddle (1888-1968).

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The name’s Bond: Jane Bond

06 November 2023

Jane Bond (b.1939), a costume designer for stage, television and films, started painting portraits especially from the early 1980s onward.

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Ethel Walker works stand out in the saleroom

06 November 2023

Two of the highest prices at auction in the last 20 years for Dame Ethel Walker (1861-1951) came at Roseberys’ (26% buyer’s premium) latest Modern British & 20th Century Art sale.

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Go fishing to catch a Prunella Clough work in Canada

06 November 2023

It was in the early 1950s that Prunella Clough (1919-99) ‘found’ her subject matter after touring London’s industrial wastelands and factories.

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Modern and Contemporary art: middle market for 20th century makes a greater impact

06 November 2023

Many 20th century works are selling very healthily at mid-range price points

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That loving feline: David Hockney ceramic cat doubles estimate at auction

30 October 2023

A rare ceramic cat given by David Hockney (b.1937) to strangers who helped him as a student fetched a record price for one of the artist’s sculptural felines when it sold at Stacey’s in Chelmsford.

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Robert Kime: ‘Great assembler of beautiful things’

30 October 2023

Pictures were a prominent part of the Robert Kime (1946-2022) aesthetic.

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Charles Ginner takes to the London rooftops

23 October 2023

The highest prices at auction for the Camden Town Group artist Charles Ginner (1878-1952) have all come for oil paintings but his precise, lucid style very much leant itself to the medium of watercolour.

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Cedric Morris allegorical work from 1938 comes to auction

16 October 2023

An allegorical bird and flower oil painted by the artist-plantsman Cedric Morris (1889-1982) in the shadow of the Second World War comes to auction this month.

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Iberia held a fascination for Hillier

16 October 2023

The early English Surrealist Tristram Hillier (1905-83) was a regular visitor to Spain and Portugal.

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The Birleys up close and personal

16 October 2023

Group of paintings the artistic couple kept at their beloved manor house find new homes after auction

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Hefty Houston work lochs in a commission bid

16 October 2023

The highest price at auction for Scottish painter George Houston (1869-1947) in almost six years came at a recent McTear’s (24% buyer’s premium) sale.

Robert Gemmell Hutchison’s Children Wading

Picture missing for 35 years returned to Glasgow museum

12 October 2023

A painting by a Scottish Impressionist has been recovered with the help of Art Loss Register (ALR) and Tennants Auctioneers after being stolen in 1989.

Fire Control Room by Eric Ravilious

Ravilious fires the imagination among big buys at British Art Fair

09 October 2023

Queues snaked around the block for the opening of British Art Fair at the Saatchi Gallery in Duke of York Square.

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Frieze forms a high point for female art at fairs

09 October 2023

This year’s Frieze Masters could be the high-water mark for the representation of women at historic art fairs

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Glenavy work appears in Texas

09 October 2023

An intriguing painting by Lady Beatrice Glenavy (1881-1970) emerged at auction in an unusual location last month.

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‘Forgotten’ or not, a market that is good for profit

09 October 2023

Rediscovery of overlooked female artists is a welcome reappraisal – and driving ever-higher prices

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Eyton exhibition marks move

02 October 2023

Browse & Darby, the London firm specialising in British and French pictures and sculpture, is celebrating a move from Cork Street to St James’s with a retrospective on Anthony Eyton.

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Chadwick's sitting couple emerges at Florida auction

02 October 2023

Lynn Chadwick’s (1914-2003) figure sculptures of the 1960s-80s consist largely of angular male and female couples – standing, sitting, walking or lying together.

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