Iconic big red London bus image at Bonhams Print Sale

The Grosvenor School and Avant-Garde British Printmaking
17 Apr 2012
London, New Bond Street

An iconic 1920s image of London buses hurtling down Regent Street is one of the highlights of Bonhams, The Grosvenor School Avant-Garde British Printmaking, sale on Tuesday 17 April at its New Bond Street Head Quarters.

Speed by Claude Flight was made in 1922 and was printed in an unusual way. The image was printed on the back of very fine translucent tissue paper so that the colours showed through. The resultant print was then attached to a yellow-inked paper backing. Only 50 of the prints were produced and this one, numbered 43, is estimated at £20,000-30,000.

Flight was a member of the famous Grosvenor School of printmaking which took its name from the avant-garde Grosvenor School of Modern Art in Warwick Square, Pimlico. Members of the group specialised in linocuts, producing bold, fluid, swirling images which conveyed the hectic pace of life in the 1920s and '30s. For the ten years up until the outbreak of World War II they enjoyed great success not only in Britain but also in Australia, the USA, China and Canada.


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