LOT 109

1898 - 1992

Concert Hall
linocut in 4 colours, 1929
signed and editioned 7/50
9 1/4 x 11 in, 23.5 x 27.9 cm

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000 CAD

Sold for: $21,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Allen Rubiner Gallery, Michigan
Private Collection, California

Peter White, Sybil Andrews, Glenbow Museum, 1982, reproduced pages 33 and 50
Stephen Coppel, Linocuts of the Machine Age, 1995, reproduced pages 35 and 106
Clifford S. Ackley, editor, Rhythms of Modern Life: British Prints, 1914 – 1939, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2008, reproduced page 152
Hana Leaper, Sybil Andrews Linocuts: A Complete Catalogue, 2015, page 48, reproduced page 48

Sybil Andrews based this superb, rare linocut on Queen’s Hall in London. Completed in 1893, Queen’s Hall was known for its exceptional acoustics, but during World War II, it was badly damaged in the Blitz of 1941. Concert Hall is Andrews’s first documented linocut, and it is a striking image. Hana Leaper wrote that “Andrews’ depiction transmits a sense of its [the hall’s] near perfect acoustics through the soaring central curve and the harmoniously abstracted heads of the audience, which appear like musical notes.” Andrews was part of the Grosvenor School of printmaking, whose work was influenced by modernist movements such as Futurism, Art Deco and Cubism. In reality, Queen’s Hall was heavily encrusted with Neo-Renaissance decoration, but Andrews stripped this away to create sleek Art Deco lines that were more in tune with the Grosvenor School approach. The subject also reflects the rise in the pursuit of leisure in post-war Britain in a broader stratum of society, and this social awareness adds to the dynamism of Andrews’s vision.

This print is a fine impression on buff oriental laid tissue, but please note the condition report for this work, as the top left corner of the paper has been repaired. This work is recorded in the Sybil Andrews print notebook, in the collection of the Glenbow Museum.

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000 CAD

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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