SPEED, c.1922 printed 1929

Important Australian + International Fine Art
28 August 2019


(1881 – 1955, British)
SPEED, c.1922 printed 1929

colour linocut

21.5 x 28.0 cm

edition: (USA) 14/50

signed, numbered and inscribed in image upper left: CLAUDE FLIGHT 14/50 USA

$25,000 – 35,000
Sold for $48,800 (inc. BP) in Auction 58 - 28 August 2019, Sydney

probably: Joshua McClelland Print Room, Melbourne
Ken and Joan Plomley Collection of Modernist Art, Melbourne


Third Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture by the Seven and Five Society, Walker's Galleries, London, 1922, cat. 65 (another example)
Exhibition of Oils, Watercolours, Lino-Cuts and Sculpture by Claude Flight, The Redfern Gallery, London, 1927, cat. 29 (another example)
Exhibition of Textiles, Drawings and Lino-Cuts by Claude Flight, The Redfern Gallery, London, 1928
Exhibition of Lino-Cuts by Claude Flight, Albany Gallery, London, 1932, cat. 28 (another example)
Exhibition of Modern Colour Prints, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 1935 – 36, cat. 33 (another example, as ‘Speed, London Bus’)
Exhibition of Modern Lino-Cuts, City of Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, 1939, cat. 65 (another example)
Colour Lino-Cuts, Arts Council of Great Britain, London, 1947, cat. 29 (another example)
Out of the Book and On to the Wall: The Relief Print, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, 20 February – October 1984 (another example, UK edition)
Claude Flight and His Followers: The Colour Linocut Movement between the Wars, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 18 April – 18 July 1993 and travelling, cat. 33 (another example, USA edition)
Dynamism and Colour: British linocuts of the 1930s, Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, 20 August 2009 – 15 February 2010 (another example, USA edition)
Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 29 April – 14 July 2014 (another example, UK edition)


Rutter, F., Sunday Times, London, 12 June 1927
Konody, P. G., Observer, London, 19 June 1927, p. 14
Laver, J., ‘Recent Etching and Engraving’, Artwork, London, vol. 3, no. 11, September – November 1927, p. 151
‘Flight’s Method of Depicting Motion’, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, 25 January 1925, p. 71
Flight, C., Lino-cuts: A hand-book of linoleum-cut colour printing, John Lane, the Bodley Head, London, 1927, pl. 1 (and illus. frontispiece, another example)
Konody, P.G., Daily Mail, 8 November 1928
Parkin, M., ‘Claude Flight and the Linocut’, The Journal of Decorative and Propaganda Arts, vol. 6, Autumn 1987, fig. 2, pp. 28, 29 (illus., another example, dated as c.1922, UK edition)
Carey, F., and Griffiths, A., Avant-Garde British Printmaking 1914–1960, British Museum, London, 1990, cat. 54, p. 76 (illus., another example)
Coppel, S., Linocuts of the Machine Age: Claude Flight and the Grosvenor School, Scolar Press, Aldershot, England, in association with the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 1995, cat. CF7, pl.2, pp. 12, 18, 20, 74, 75 (illus., another example, USA edition)
Corbett, D., The Modernity of English Art 1914 – 1930, Manchester University Press, New York, 1997, fig. 18, p. 84 (illus., another example)
Ackley, C. S.(ed.), Rhythms of Modern Life: British Prints 1914–1939, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 2008, cat. 46, pp. 95, 102, 215
Gulliver, K., and Tóth, H., Cityscapes in History: Creating the Urban Experience, Routledge, London and New York, 2016, fig. 6.3, p. 128 (illus., another example, USA edition)