Jill Marie Greenhill
Little-known 1920s artwork surprises Christie's experts
A print of a sea of umbrellas in the rain has surprised Christie’s experts, who had estimated it would fetch between £3,000 and £5,000, by selling for £51,650 to an American collector. The print, titled Wet Afternoon (pictured), is by Ethel Spowers, an Australian artist who came to London to study in the 1920s, and found her feet making lino-cut prints at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art. By the late 1930s she had ceased to work because of ill health.