A major work by one of the most important British print makers of the 20th Century is to be auctioned at Bonhams Print Sale at New Bond Street London on 17 April.

Speedway (1934) by Sybil Andrews, estimated at £50,000-70,000, is one of the iconic images of the Grosvenor School of printmaking which 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 (where Andrews later settled).

Andrews and her artistic partner, Cyril Power, were seen as the most technically daring and innovative of the group. Power's The Skaters and The Runners, estimated at £10,000-15,000 each are also in the sale together with a number of works by other members of the Grosvenor School including the Swiss born artist, Lill Tschudi and its founder, Claude Flight. His familiar image of busses on a London street is estimated at £20,000-30,000.

Bonhams Head of Prints, Robert Kennan said, "The work of Grosvenor School artists has a very modern esthetic which is one reason for its increasing popularity among collectors and the high prices it now commands. Power's 'The Eight', for example, established a world record for the artist of £57,000 at Bonhams in July last year."


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

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