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Print - The Tube Staircase
  • The Tube Staircase
    Power, Cyril Edward, born 1872 - died 1951
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The Tube Staircase

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1929 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Power, Cyril Edward, born 1872 - died 1951 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lino-cut, printed in blue, yellow and black on Japanese paper

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf 109

Cyril Power was one of a group of artists who promoted linocut as a medium for fine art printing during the 1920s and 1930s. He practiced as an architect but took up printmaking in mid-life, and studied linocut printing under Claude Flight. His subject-matter revolves around metropolitan life. This image transforms the staircase of Russell Square Underground station into a dynamic structure. In its expression of movement and energy it suggests the influence of Vorticist artists like Wyndham Lewis and Edward Wadsworth, as well as the Italian Futurists.

Physical description

Colour lino-cut on laid Japanese paper

Place of Origin

London (made)


1929 (printed)


Power, Cyril Edward, born 1872 - died 1951 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Lino-cut, printed in blue, yellow and black on Japanese paper

Marks and inscriptions

Cyril E. Power
Signature; pencil

The Tube Staircase
No 22/50


Height: 48.3 cm printed surface, Width: 29.5 cm printed surface, Height: 49.1 cm sheet, Width: 30 cm sheet

Descriptive line

'The Tube Staircase' by Cyril Power. Colour linocut. 1929

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Timmers, Margaret (ed), Impressions of the Twentieth Century: Fine Art Prints from the V&A's Collection, London, V&A Publications, 2001

Production Note

The image is of the staircase at Russell Square Underground Station in London


Japanese paper; Printing ink; Linoleum block


Colour lino-cut

Subjects depicted

Staircase: spiral; Travel


Transport; Prints

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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