Cyril Edward Power (British, 1872-1951) Skaters Linocut printed in spectrum red, light cobalt blue and viridian, c.1932, on buff oriental laid tissue, signed, titled and inscribed 'EP No.6' in pencil, a proof aside from the edition of 60, with a pen inscription in lower margin 'E.Power presented to Vera Water ..1944', 198 x 316mm (7 3/4 x 12 3/8in)(B)
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Cyril Edward Power (British, 1872-1951) Skaters Linocut printed in spectrum red, light cobalt blue and viridian, c.1932, on buff oriental laid tissue, signed, titled and inscribed 'EP No.6' in pencil, an experimental proof aside from the edition of 60, with a pen inscription in lower margin 'E.Power presented to Vera Water ..1944', with margins, 198 x 316mm (7 3/4 x 12 3/8in)(B)
Sold for £15,000 (US$ 23,523) inc. premium

Lot Details
Cyril Edward Power (British, 1872-1951)
Skaters (Coppel CEP 29)
Linocut printed in spectrum red, light cobalt blue and viridian, c.1932, on buff oriental laid tissue, signed, titled and inscribed 'EP No.6' in pencil, an experimental proof aside from the edition of 60, with a pen inscription in lower margin 'E.Power presented to Vera Water ..1944', with margins, 198 x 316mm (7 3/4 x 12 3/8in)(B)

Footnotes

  • Power found this linocut quite difficult to produce, as successive use of the blocks meant that there was a danger of the colours spreading into each other. The experimental proofs (at least 6) attest to the evolution of the design.
    This particular proof impression is referenced in "Linocuts of the Machine Age" and Coppel notes the "green flecks behind the figures". The tissue thin oriental paper has picked up the nuances of the carved block. The tool marks left from carving the linoleum impart a texture to the final print and openly acknowledge the process by which the linocut is made, a principle Claude Flight advocated. In the final edition, Power removed the carved areas sufficiently so as to leave no trace on the impressions.

    Stephen Coppel, Linocuts of the Machine Age: Claude Flight and the Grosvenor School (Aldershot: Scolar Press, 1995), 98.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note the estimate is £12,000-18,000 and not as stated in the catalogue.
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