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Modern British & Irish Art

About Us
Our Modern British & Irish Art department hold a number of sales annually, led by two major curated sales at the New Bond Street saleroom in London, with three further specialist auctions at our Knightsbridge gallery and an exciting roster of themed sales.

We offer specialist expertise in movements from Edwardian Art to Camden Town, The Bloomsbury Group, British Surrealism, Neo-Romanticism, St Ives, Constructivism, Post-War and The London School. Across these movements, we perform consistently well with artists such as L.S. Lowry, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, whose alabaster carving Mask established a record price at auction for a 1920s sculpture by any British artist.

Buying and Selling with Bonhams
Our team of specialists are based in London and supported by our operations in New York, California, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and Dublin as well as our network of U.K. offices. They have over sixty years' collective experience, advising private collectors as well as corporate and public institutions on all aspects of their collections. You can contact us directly to consign an artwork or visit our digital Selling Hub for valuations on consignments to future sales.

You can also buy and sell through Private Sale. Bonhams' Private Sales provide clients with a bespoke approach to buying and selling, outside of the auction calendar. Whether you are looking for a specific artwork or to sell an object, our global team is on hand to help research, source or sell on your behalf. Contact a specialist below for more information.

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Thinking of selling? Get a free auction estimate by submitting your item online or contacting your local Bonhams. With specialists based in towns and cities worldwide, we are your local auction house.

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Matthew Bradbury


Matthew Bradbury has led the Modern British & Irish Art department since 2002, having joined Bonhams in 1997. Matthew has overseen a remarkable number of auction records, including the current highest…

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Penny Day


Penny Day is a Director and Head of Sale for Modern British and Irish Art. She joined Bonhams in 2006 having previously worked in the British Art department of Christie's. Since then, she has been res…

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Christopher Dawson

Department Director

Chris Dawson is Department Director 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 r…

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Ingram Reid

Senior Specialist

Ingram Reid is Senior Specialist for Modern British & Irish Art at Bonhams in London. He sources consignments for the two major department auctions held in June and November each year and contributes …

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Janet Hardie

Senior Specialist

Janet Hardie is Senior Specialist and Head of Sale for Modern British & Irish Art at Bonhams Knightsbridge in London. She also co-heads the curated thematic sale, British. Cool. , which is a celebrati…

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