Cyril Edward Power (British, 1872-1951) Speed Trial Colour linocut, on ... signed and inscribed "EP
Lot 218
Cyril Edward Power (British, 1872-1951) Speed Trial Linocut, circa 1932, from three blocks, printed in viridian, permanent blue and Chinese blue, on buff oriental laid tissue, signed, titled and inscribed "EP No.4, 1st State" in pencil, aside from the published edition of 60; 185 x 355mm (7 1/4 x 14in)(Image)
Sold for £27,600 (US$ 45,100) inc. premium

Lot Details
Cyril Edward Power (British, 1872-1951)
Speed Trial (Coppel Linocuts of the Machine Age; CEP 31)
Linocut, circa 1932, from three blocks, printed in viridian, permanent blue and Chinese blue, on buff oriental laid tissue, signed, titled and inscribed "EP No.4, 1st State" in pencil, aside from the published edition of 60; 185 x 355mm (7 1/4 x 14in)(Image)

Footnotes

  • 'Power's fascination with machine-age speed finds its culmination in "Speed Trial". Directly inspired by Malcolm Campbell's "Bluebird", this homage to the famous aerodynamic speed machine was made soon after the Englishman's record-breaking achievement on 5th February 1931, when "Bluebird" broke all previous land speed records by reaching 246 miles per hour at Daytona Beach, Florida. Numerous experimental proofs for "Speed Trial" demonstrate how important this image was to Power and how methodically he worked. An early experimental proof shows a blue racing machine flashing past in a wavy blur of speed and noise. Power later added a green tonal block to highlight more dramatically the automobile itself.'

    'Linocuts of the Machine Age', Stephen Coppel, Scolar Press, 1995, pages 55-56.

    The present example is experimental proof No.4, a unique impression, with the green block added, as noted above. There appear to have been 16 experimental proofs, each with varying colourways and the number of blocks used. The published edition of "Speed Trial" was 60.
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