Power for collectors as 'Grosvenor School' art makes World Record price

A work by the renowned British master printmaker, Cyril Power, set a new Word Record price for the artist at the Bonhams Print sale on 12 July when his work 'The Eight' sold for £59,520 ($97,560). 

This was also a new highest price at auction for a work by any member of the famous Grosvenor School of print making, of which Power was a leading member.

'The Eight' shows a racing crew during trials for the Head of the River on the Thames. Power drew it looking down on the boat from Hammersmith Bridge. 

With its dramatic sense of energy, The Eight is one of Power's most sought after works and the print was in excellent condition. 

The Eight, by the renowned British master printmaker Cyril Power

The Grosvenor School of Modern Art was founded in 1925 by, among others, Power, Claude  Flight and Sybil Andrews. 

It operated from premises in Warwick Square, Pimlico, London and taught modern printmaking methods while becoming a leading force their production and promotion.

The founder members were all leading printmakers and their work is keenly collected on today's markets - hence the value of this striking work at Bonhams' sale.

After turning increasing to oil paintings in his later years, Cyril Power died in 1951 aged 78. As this World Record price shows, the artist's legacy is still going strong and shows no signs of dimishing.


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