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On The Sands

On The Sands
Signed Print

L S Lowry

Lithograph
Signed Print Edition of 500
H 38cm x W 57cm

Critical Review

On The Sands captures Lowry’s amusing and distinctive vision of British summer time, one that does not show scenes of sunshine and sunbathers, but fully clothed characters with coats and some with hats on. Boats are depicted in the background, but none appear to be in use, as they lay dormant piled up on the sand.

Having painted many industrial city scenes by this point in his career, On The Sands 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.