Cyril Power 1872-1951

Architect, painter, etcher, colour linocut, and monotype artist. Having been awarded the Sloane Medallion by the RIBA in 1900, Power was involved in his own family’s architectural practice as well as working with Sir Richard Allington at the Ministry of Works in 1905. Power then worked as a lecturer at University College, London. In 1912 he published a three-volume work, History of English Mediaeval Architecture ‘, illustrated with his own drawings. During The First World War he flew with the RFC. In 1916 he designed and executed a War Memorial for the Great Western Railway at Paddington, London. In the early 1920s he made the first of some forty drypoints and produced a large number of watercolour landscapes and town scapes.

In 1923 he recommenced study at Heatherley’s and in 1925 helped Iain Macnab set up the Grosvenor School of Art. Whilst teaching Architecture at the Grosvenor School Power and other, now famous, print makers studied linocutting under Claude Flight. Architecture is the subject of his early linocuts: At Lavenham (c1928), and Westminster Cathedral (c.1928), but with The Escalator and The Merry-go-round (both c1929) the Vorticist interest in speed and movement can be seen. He was the most important of the Grosvenor School artists: The Tube Staircase , Brooklands and Speed Trial (1929-32) the latter of which was of Sir Malcolm Cambell’s recordbreaking car Bluebird ; are amongst his best works.

Although Claude Flight was undoubtably Britain’s main exponent of the linocut between the wars, press reviews of the time indicate that Power and his colleague, Sybil Andrews, attracted far more attention than any of the other Grovsvenor School artists. Power and Andrews formed an informal partnership that led to a series of posters for the London Underground; all of which were signed Andrew Power.... read more

Cyril Power Sybil & Cyril: Cutting Through Time Sybil & Cyril: Cutting Through Time

Cyril Power Prints

Brick Shed, Woolpit No. 2

Cyril Edward Power: Brick Shed, Woolpit No. 2

Gobstick Quartet No. 1

Cyril Edward Power: Gobstick Quartet No. 1


Cyril Edward Power: Runners, 1930

Monseigneur St Thomas

Cyril Edward Power: Monseigneur St Thomas, 1931

Corps de Ballet

Cyril Edward Power: Corps de Ballet, 1932

Westminster Cathedral, Evening

Cyril Edward Power: Westminster Cathedral, Evening, c.1928

The Carcase

Cyril Edward Power: The Carcase, c.1929

Samson and the Lion

Cyril Edward Power: Samson and the Lion, c.1932

Tube Station

Cyril Edward Power: Tube Station, c.1932

The Exam Room

Cyril Edward Power: The Exam Room, c.1934

Cyril Power Paintings and Drawings

Untitled (Farm Buildings)

Cyril Edward Power: Untitled (Farm Buildings)

Untitled (Regency House)

Cyril Edward Power: Untitled (Regency House)

Untitled (Street Lamp)

Cyril Edward Power: Untitled (Street Lamp)

Untitled (Street Scene with Two Figures)

Cyril Edward Power: Untitled (Street Scene with Two Figures)

Untitled (Village Street 1)

Cyril Edward Power: Untitled (Village Street 1)

The Eight

Cyril Edward Power: The Eight, 1930

Aldgate Station

Cyril Edward Power: Aldgate Station, 1940

Houses of Parliament

Cyril Edward Power: Houses of Parliament, c.1940

Untitled (St Martin in the Fields)

Cyril Edward Power: Untitled (St Martin in the Fields), c.1940