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Sybil Andrews

Sybil Andrews

Sybil Andrews
Canadian, Impressionist & Modern Art Live auction

Lot # 107

Sybil Andrews
CPE 1898 - 1992 Canadian

Boats at Dock
oil on canvas circa 1942 ~ 1945
signed and on verso stamped Winsor & Newton's, London, England
22 x 27 in  55.9 x 68.6cm

Private Collection, Victoria

Born in Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, England, Sybil Andrews became part of the Grosvenor School of artists working in linocut, and she built a fine body of work in this medium. One of Andrews’s important themes was that of labour, and she depicted the strength and dignity of working people in extraordinary prints such as Bringing in the Boat (1933) and Mowers (1937), to name a few. During World War II, starting in 1942, Andrews worked as a welder constructing warships in the shipyards of the British Power Boat Company at Hythe, near Southampton, and this work is from that time period. It was there that she met her husband, Walter Morgan; the couple immigrated to Canada in 1947.

This rare canvas by Andrews is a rich and striking image - her treatment of form is strong, and her palette bold. The dense detailing in Boats at Dock, with boats of various sizes and their fastenings to wooden supports on the shore, is made all the more interesting by the repetition of these shapes in the dappled water, reflecting Andrews’s fascination with rhythm and pattern.

Estimate: $20,000 ~ $30,000 CAD

Sold For: $52,250.00 CAD (including buyer's premium)

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