Preview of highlights of our London Grosvenor School sale including works by Cyril Power, Sybil Andrews, Claude Flight, Paul Nash & CRW Nevinson.
Sybil Andrews was born in Bury St Edmunds in 1898. Her colleague and artistic collaborator Cyril Power (1872-1951) married into a Bury St Edmunds family and was living in the town in 1921, at which time he first became acquainted with Sybil. In 1925 they were instrumental in the establishment of the Grosvenor School of Modern Art and, under the influence of Claude Flight, both artists became leading exponents in the medium of the Colour Linocut, a technique highly suited to the celebration of modernity and technology which characterised the period. Andrews and Power held their first exhibition in 1929 and their prints were priced accessibly, selling for between one and three guineas. Recent years have seen a tremendous growth in the popularity of the Grosvenor School Artists, and the same prints now command princely sums. A Sybil Andrews print of Motorbike Races sold in 2012 at Bonhams' Bond Street salerooms for £82,850 – a world record for this artist. Such is current demand that Bonhams now host an auction dedicated solely to the Grosvenor School , and a forthcoming sale in April will be headlined by a Cyril Power print of a London Underground scene and a further example of Sybil Andrews' ' Speedway' prints. Each is estimated to sell for £50,000-£70,000.
Those interested in seeing the prints are warmly invited to Bonhams' Bury St Edmunds office from February the 14th, where a selection of works from the forthcoming Grosvenor School Print Sale will be showcased. The opportunity to bring prints for valuation will be also be offered on the opening day, and Bonhams Prints experts will be on hand, hoping to uncover hidden treasures by these artists which may lay undiscovered in Bury St Edmunds homes.