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Cyril Edward Power (1872 - 1951)

Lot 103: AR Cyril Edward Power (British, 1872-1951) Lifts unframed


December 18, 2018
London, United Kingdom

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Cyril Edward Power
(British, 1872-1951)
Lifts (Coppel CEP 13) Linocut printed in light cobalt blue, viridian and red, circa 1930, on buff oriental laid tissue paper, signed, titled and numbered 11/50 in pencil, with margins, the colours fresh and bright, a few paper losses to the upper right sheet, otherwise in very good conditionBlock 359 x 232mm. (14 1/8 x 9 3/16in.); Sheet 430 x 295mm. (17 x 11 3/4in.) (unframed)

In 1930 the London elevator manufacturer Hammond Bros & Champness commissioned Power to design an advertisement for their latest creation and Power produced this linocut soon afterwards. Reminiscent of his dynamic London Underground images of spiral staircases and trains hurtling through stations, Power uses a series of spirals encircling the two lifts and jagged diagonals to convey the sense of movement and the wonder of the modern machine age.Power made several experimental proofs and for the final design he decided to omit the red risers on the stairs and a fourth dark blue block delineating the cables and staircase rim. Coppel states that the green tablet with the artist's name was removed for the edition, however, it has been retained on this impression.

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December 18, 2018, 2:00 PM GMT

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