Cyril Edward Power

England, b.1872, d.1951

The Eight

  • Presented by Mr Rex Nan Kivell, 1953
  • Reproduced courtesy of Edmund Berry Power
  • Linocut
  • 385 x 260mm
  • 94/246
  • c. 1930

Sporting subjects were commonly used by many of the British linocut artists. Cyril Power had a studio near Hammersmith Bridge and he would watch the rowing teams on the River Thames. The highly rhythmical composition in The Eight skilfully captures the power and energy of the rowers as they pull on the oars. Power originally trained as an architect and he helped establish the Grosvenor School of Modern Art in 1925. Here he studied linocut under Claude Flight and he went on to become one of the most significant figures in the movement. Power collaborated with Sybil Andrews on several London Underground posters.