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Signed Print Edition of 75
H 48cm x W 61cm
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Joe Syer, Head of Urban & Contemporary Art
Showing a playful beach scene teeming with people, The Pavilion is a lithograph from 1969 by L. S. Lowry. Depicted in the artist’s distinct and direct drawing style, this print features a scene of people on their day off at the English seaside with children building sandcastles, dogs out on their daily walk, people swimming in the sea and a man and woman sitting under the pavilion.
Having painted many industrial city scenes by this point in his career, The Pavilion effectively transports the same figures from his townscapes and places them on the beach, wearing the same clothing as they would in the cities. After the war it was common for the working classes to travel by train to the seaside for their annual holiday, thus this print is indicative of Lowry’s desire to capture the working class experience in their leisure time.
The sea was a significant source of inspiration for Lowry. During the 1960s, the artist regularly visited the northeast, staying at the Seaburn Hotel in Sunderland in a room from which he could see the North Sea. Lowry’s lithographs like The Pavilion are produced by hand whereby a plate is etched and inked, and the paper is then pressed onto the plate to produce an original. Due to this printing process, no two prints are exactly the same and as a result they are rare and highly sought after items.