Purchased directly from the artist circa 1951
By descent to the present owner
Private Collection, Toronto
Peter White, Sybil Andrews: colour linocuts, exhibition catalogue, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, 1982, page 37, reproduced in colour and page 57, cat. no.29, reproduced.
Speedway was created while Sybil Andrews was working in London, prior to her immigration to Canada in 1947. Andrews studied the art of linocutting at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art during the late 1920s and into the 1930s. Famous for her depictions of labourers and sporting people, Andrews captures the dynamism of the machine age.
The Glenbow exhibition catalogue entry for Speedway notes: “This image initially was conceived as an idea for a London Transport Board poster. However, it was never executed as a poster.”