Andrews, Sybil (1898-1992), 'Bringing in the Boat', Linocut, 1933

'Bringing in the Boat', Linocut, 1933

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Titled, signed and numbered by the artist in pencil. Trial proof 2, ’T. P. 2’, one of three trial proofs aside from the edition of 60. Printed from three blocks, in Venetian red, viridian, and Chinese blue, on buff oriental paper.

In 1930, Sybil Andrews and Cyril Power established a studio together in Brook Green, Hammersmith, close to the River Thames. Together they watched the annual Head of the River Race, founded in 1925, from Hammersmith Bridge. This location inspired many prints by both artists, including Andrews’s ‘Bringing in the Boat’ (1933) and Power’s ‘The Eight’ (1930).

The angular bodies and boxy heads make the rowing crew in ‘Bringing in the Boat’ appear almost robotic. Andrews heightens the effect by eliminating all individual distinguishing features to convey the spirit of unified teamwork. The zigzag voids between the oarsmen create a visually arresting contrast to the green rowing kits of the foreground figures and their counterparts, in shadow, behind.

Image Size 33 x 25.9 cm
Paper Size 37 x 30.2 cm
Collections Metropolitan Museum; Auckland Art Gallery; British Museum
Reference Coppel SA 24

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