Sybil Andrews' Fall of the Leaf leads sale of Grosvenor School prints

A linocut by Sybil Andrews titled Fall of the Leaf (1934) made £31,750 ($53,219) at Bonhams' sale of prints from the Grosvenor School on April 15 in London.

Andrews was involved in the founding of the Grosvenor School of Modern Art, which became known as a specialist centre for modernist printmakers.

Fall Leaf Sybil Andrews
Sybil Andrews is among the most significant artists of the Grosvenor School

The school's idiosyncratic style is characterised by unusual perspectives and swirling, kinetic figures.   

Her auction record was set for Speedway (1934), which made $136,160 at Bonhams London in 2012. It also holds the record for the most valuable work ever sold by a Grosvenor School artist.

Ethel Spowers' Melbourne from the River also sold well, achieving £12,500 ($20,952).

Spowers studied at the Grosvenor School under founder Claude Flight - and while her works tend to be more traditional in terms of composition and execution than most of her fellow pupils, the majority display a clear influence from her time there.

In July 2013, a Spowers print titled The Joke made £85,250 ($129,885) at Bonhams London.

Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson's The Bayonets Have Won Through, a British first world war advertisement for the war savings committee, made £10,000 ($16,762).

In December last year a print by Nevinson titled Les Guerre des Trous set a new record for his work at auction when it sold for £136,400 ($180,332) at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury in London.  

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