Cyril Power’s Sunshine Roof to make $40,000?

A linocut print of Cyril Power’s The Sunshine Roof will star in a sale at Bonhams on December 18.

Power (1872-1951) was a founder member of London’s Grosvenor School of Modern Art, a centre for modernist printmaking.  

Cyril Power print

Power imbued mundane scenes with the wild spirit of futurism

His work (and that of his peers) is most closely associated with the futurist movement. It captures the mad tempo of city living between the wars and the rise of the motor age.

This particular image is among his best known and comes with an estimate of up to £30,000 ($40,098).

It was inspired by a summer bus journey out into the countryside. 

The lot is one of seven images by Power to feature in the sale.

Tube Station (1932), a view of Bank on the London Underground, carries an identical estimate while the other five range between £5,000 ($6,683) and £15,000 ($20,049).

Lucia Tro Santafe, Bonhams’ director of prints and multiples, said: “The series of seven prints by Cyril Power maintain a remarkable quality of impression that allow them to endure as lasting and vital images of their era – prints of this quality rarely come to auction.”

Demand for Power’s work is very high, with a single print of a work titled Speed Trial selling for a record £96,000 ($128,386) in 2013.

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