Lot 12 § (Modern & Post-War British Art, 30th July 2020)
PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ARTHUR KNYVETT-LEE (LOTS 10, 12, 16 & 78)
EDITH LAWRENCE (1890-1973)
signed and numbered in pencil Edith Lawrence 4/80 (lower right)
linocut on buff oriental laid tissue paper
image: 30.2 12.7 cm (12 x 5 in)
sheet: 37.5 x 15.5 cm (14 3/4 x 6 1/4 in)
Executed circa 1930
with The Redfern Gallery, by July 1930, where acquired by
Arthur Knyvett-Lee and by descent
The dynamic shapes and colours in the present work bear Cubist and Futurist influence. Created in the 1930s, August is a beautiful and rare early example of Lawrence’s linocuts.
In 1923 Arthur Knyvett-Lee co-founded the Redfern Gallery with Anthony Maxtone-Graham as an artists' collective. In the late twenties and throughout the 1930s the gallery held a number of exhibitions dedicated to British linocuts. Edith Lawrence’s works were exhibited alongside the ones of her partner and lifelong companion Claude Flight. The couple actively explored and promoted linoleum cut as a preferred medium and ran an interior design business together. Flight’s leading role as a teacher at the Grosvenor School of Art is widely acclaimed, as is the work of his students Lil Tschudi, Cyril Power, Eileen Mayo and Sybil Andrews. Lawrence was also famed for her textile designs many of which were formally inspired by her work with linocuts in the 30s.
Sold for £1,500
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