Sybil Andrews, daughter of ironmonger Charles Andrews, was born in Bury St Edmunds in 1898, the year after Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
In 1901, she and her family were living at Middle Green, Higham, but some time between 1901 and 1911 the Andrews family moved to 117 Northgate Street, Bury St Edmunds.
According to auctioneers Christie’s: “Sybil Andrews was a founding member of the Grosvenor School of Modern Art and mastered lino-
“Andrews and her contemporaries regarded sport as an ideal way to exercise their ideas of speed and movement, so presenting the human body as a rhythmic and dynamic machine. Between 1929 and 1937 she worked under the pseudonym ‘Andrew Power’.”
During the Second World War – when she was in her early 40s – the artist worked at a shipyard at Hythe, Southampton, where she met and fell in love with Walter Morgan. They married in 1947 and emigrated to Canada.
In 1975, in her late 70s, she completed one of her major works.
The Banner of St Edmund, which is hand embroidered in silks on linen and which now hangs at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, close to her former home in Bury.
Miss Andrews was 94 when she died on December 21, 1992.
This example of ‘Speedway’ is a linocut printed in raw sienna, venetian red, permanent blue and Chinese blue, in 1934, on cream oriental laid, signed, dated and numbered 43/60 in pencil, with margins, 326 x 233mm.
It sold by auction at Bonhams, London, in April 2012 for £82,850.
Do you know of any other major art works which feature speedway racing? We’d like to hear about them and about the artists who created them. Please get in touch via our Contact page.