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Modern British & Irish Art

Bonhams Modern British & Irish Art department offer more artworks annually in this category than any other major auctioneer. We specialise in the period's major movements, spanning Edwardian Art to Camden Town, The Bloomsbury Group, British Surrealism, Neo-Romanticism, Irish Moderns, St Ives, Constructivism, Post-War and The London School. We hold five dedicated auctions a year in London, in addition to an exciting roster of themed sales such as The Mind's Eye: Surrealist Sale, Blazing a Trail: Modern British Women and British. Cool.

Significant world auction records held by the department include Henry Moore's alabaster carving Mask, which established a record price for a 1920s sculpture by any British artist, Christopher Wood's Drying Sails, Mousehole, Cornwall, Walter Sickert's La Corsage Violet, and Stringed Figure, the record price for a painting by Dame Barbara Hepworth. We are market leaders for the Bloomsbury Group and, in recent years, have established the auction record for Duncan Grant with his Vanessa Bell in a Yellow Shawl and Roger Fry with his Portrait of E.M. Forster. We also perform consistently well for artists such as Ben Nicholson, L.S. Lowry and Lynn Chadwick to name just a few.

Buying and selling modern British and Irish art at Bonhams
Bonhams Modern British & Irish Art department has specialists and representatives in the UK, the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia and Ireland. Our team has over 50 years' combined experience in advising private collectors, as well as corporate and public institutions, on all aspects of their collections.

With offices and representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams gives buyers and sellers access to a global network of collectors and unparalleled marketing resources to achieve the highest price and level of client satisfaction possible. Contact a specialist directly for more information or submit your item online for a free auction estimate.

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Penny Day

Head of UK and Ireland

Penny Day is Head of UK and Ireland for Modern British and Irish Art. She joined Bonhams in 2006 having previously worked in the British and Irish Art department of Christie's. Since then, she has bee…

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Christopher Dawson

Head of Department

Chris Dawson is Head of Department for Bonhams Modern British & Irish Art in London. He also supports the Scottish Art auctions in Edinburgh. Since joining Bonhams in 2007, Chris has played a major ro…

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Ingram Reid

Head of Sale

Ingram Reid is Head of Sale for the Modern British & Irish Art auctions held in Bonhams New Bond Street, London. He sources consignments for the two major department auctions held in June and November…

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Janet Hardie

Senior Specialist

Janet Hardie is a Senior Specialist for Modern British & Irish Art at Bonhams New Bond Street in London. In this role she sources consignments for the two main department auctions held in June and Nov…

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Catherine White

Head of Sale

Catherine White is Head of Sale for Bonhams' Modern British & Irish Art department in Knightsbridge, London. She oversees the saleroom's three Modern British and Irish Art sales a year. Her areas of p…

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Grace Berry

Senior Cataloguer

Grace Berry is a Cataloguer in Bonhams' Modern British and Irish Art department in London, New Bond Street, where she is responsible for research, cataloging and expertise of their biannual Modern Bri…

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Mary Gatenby


Mary Gatenby is a Cataloguer for the Modern British & Irish Art department at Bonhams Knightsbridge in London. Prior to joining Bonhams in 2022, Mary studied Fine Art at Oxford University, before unde…

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Rachael Swann

Sale Coordinator

Rachael Swann is an Administrator for Bonhams Prints & Multiples and Modern British & Irish Art departments in London, New Bond Street.

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Emma Sykes

Regional Manager, West of England

Emma Sykes is General Manager and Picture Specialist for Bonhams Bath, where she has been based since 2006. She previously worked at Bonhams Chester saleroom, having joined the company in 1997. Emma i…

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Robert Smith

Regional Director, South East

Robert Smith is Bonhams' Regional Director for the Southeast. Based in Guildford, he travels throughout the counties of Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Hampshire offering valuations for auction, probate and …

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Richard Hopkinson

Head of Department

Richard Hopkinson is Northern region valuer of paintings, prints and maps. Richard has worked in the art world since 1980 and joined the picture department of Phillips North West in 1994. In 2001, Ric…

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