The Artists of the Grosvenor School

Sybil Andrews  |  Claude Flight  |  William Greengrass  |  Cyril Power  |  Ethel Spowers  |  Lill Tschudi

The Grosvenor School of Modern Art opened in 1925 at 33 Warwick Way, just behind London’s Victoria Station. The principal was the wood engraver Iain MacNab; Frank Rutter, an eminent critic and writer lectured on Modern Painters from Cézanne to Picasso; Cyril Power lectured on The Form and Structure of Buildings, Historical Ornament and Symbolism and The Outline of Architectural Styles and 24 year old Sybil Andrews was the School Secretary. Here Claude Flight taught his technique of linocut printing and gathered a coterie of students that included Power and Andrews, William Greengrass, Lill Tschudi and Edith Lawrence. Also amongst Flight’s students were the Antipodeans Ethel Spowers, Eveline Syme and Dorrit Black; all three later played a prominent part in organizing exhibitions in Australia. Their work has found a very firm place in the annals of twentieth-century printmaking and has stimulated an international circle of collectors attracted by the energy, colour and modernity of the prints. Examples can be found in many international museums including the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, MoMa New York and national museums in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Osborne Samuel are the leading international dealers in the linocuts of the Grosvenor School, with decades of experience and many seminal gallery exhibitions and at leading international art fairs including Masterpiece, the London Original Print Fair each spring and the IFPDA Fine Print Fair in New York City every autumn. The gallery also publishes widely on the subject including catalogues raisonnés of the leading artists.

In 2019 Gordon Samuel of Osborne Samuel Gallery curated the exhibition ‘Cutting Edge – Modernist British Printmaking’ at London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery, the world’s oldest purpose-built picture gallery. It was the largest exhibition ever assembled of these dynamic linocuts with loans from the gallery as well as private collections and museums in the UK, US and Australia. The exhibition had the highest attendance for any summer exhibition at the museum with 90,000 visitors. The exhibition catalogue has been reprinted three times.