Sybil Andrews is one of the most important British print makers of the 20th Century, and the artist's piece Speedway (1934) is auctioning at a print sale in London on April 17. The print is estimated at £50,000-70,000.
This piece will certainly have eye-appeal for bidders, being one of the most iconic images of the Grosvenor School of printmaking. The school took its name from the avant-garde Grosvenor School of Modern Art in Pimlico, London.
Bold, fluid, swirling images were typical of the school's works, taking cues from the hectic pace of life in the '20s and '30s. The Grosvenor School enjoyed its golden era in the wake of World War II in Britain and also in Australia, the USA, China and Canada (where Andrews later settled).
"The work of Grosvenor School artists has a very modern aesthetic," said Bonhams' head of prints, Robert Kennan. "Which is one reason for its increasing popularity among collectors and the high prices it now commands."
The Eight, a work by Sybil Andrews's artistic partner Cyril Power established a World Record price for the artist of £57,000 at Bonhams in July 2011. Two other Power works, The Skaters and The Runners, will appear in this sale, each estimated at £10,000-15,000.