Linocut(c.1922). Original image size: 22.5 x 28.5cm. Printed from four blocks using Cabolt Blue; Yellow Ochre; Vermilion and Prussian Blue. Regents Street, London. The image was also used on the frontispiece of Flight’s first book ‘Lino-cuts’ (1927). Interestingly, a ‘key-block’ is here still being used to demarcate the main elements of the print (see Biography); but it is used so skillfully to capture the structure of the buildings that it does not in the least detract or obstruct the overall harmoniousness of the colours in the print.
Gino Severini, who so inspired Flight, would, in turn, surely have approved of this print. In defense of the Futurist vision, and polemically suggesting that urban imagery replace a focus on Nature, Severini writes: ‘Motor-omnibuses passing and re-passing in the crowded streets, covered with letters, red green white, are far more beautiful than the canvases of Leonardo or Titian.’ (Severini, Daily Express, April 11,1913).