20 Jun 2012
Following the success of its Grosvenor School Print sale in April, at which several world records were set, Bonhams is pleased to announce that another distinguished selection of prints by these leading British artists will feature in its Prints sale at New Bond Street, London on 11 July.
Among the pieces will be Runners by Cyril Power (£20,000-30,000); Market Day by Sybil Andrews, (£15,000-20,000); Swing Boats by Claude Flight (£15,000-20,000) and Paris Omnibus, (£15,000-20,000) also by Flight. This latter print was originally owned by the actor, prolific writer and popular newspaper columnist, Godfrey Winn and is in its original Redfern Gallery frame.
The Grosvenor School of printmaking took its name from the avant-garde Grosvenor School of Modern Art in Warwick Square, Pimlico, London. Members of the group specialized 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.
The Bonhams April sale of Grosvenor School Prints established a world record for an avant-garde print of £114,000 for The Gust of Wind, by Ethel Spowers; a world record price for a work by Sybil Andrews in Speedway which sold for £82,850; and a world record for the work of Claude Flight when Speed - his famous image of busses on a London street - sold for £49,250.
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com