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  • Sybil Andrews in her studio, circa 1980
    Sybil Andrews in her studio, circa 1980

    Situated near to the artist’s birthplace in Bury St Edmunds, Elmers Mill provided the inspiration for Sybil Andrews’ modernist linocut The Windmill (1933). The centre of the windmill’s sails forms the point from which the rest of the composition appears to rotate, creating a sense of dynamism. Produced during a cultural moment when technology was being increasingly glorified, the windmill signifies the power of nature. In comparison to some of the industrial imagery produced by the Grosvenor School, this more traditional and rural subject matter presents a nostalgia for a pre-industrial, slower paced life. Yet, the Grosvenor School were keen to create an aesthetic that could represent everyday British life in all its forms. By applying their modernist aesthetic to a range of subject matter, Andrews demonstrates the diversity and possibilities of the linocut medium.

    • Provenance

      Lumley Cazalet Gallery, London
      Private British Collection
      Acquired directly from the above by the present owner

    • Literature

      Stephen Coppel SA 27


The Windmill (C. SA 27)

Linocut from three blocks in orange, light cobalt blue, and dark blue, on light cream oriental tissue paper, with margins.
I. 32 x 22 cm (12 5/8 x 8 5/8 in.)
S. 38.5 x 26 cm (15 1/8 x 10 1/4 in.)

Signed, titled and numbered 8/60 in pencil (there were also 4 experimental proofs), framed.

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£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £16,380

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 14-15 June 2022