The sea and seaside were a recurring interest throughout Lowry’s body of work. His interest in the subject matter blossomed at a young age, having spent holidays of his youth at Lytham St. Anne’s and Rhyl. Drawing pictures of the sea as early as 1902, his visual explorations of the subjects varied from vast, sublime scenes of empty sea and sky to busy industrial beaches and colourful sailboats.
The Beach is an example of his works depicting a vibrant seaside scene of the Deal harbour in Kent with the residents of the town take a beach holiday, suggesting an escape from the industrialist scenery and everyday working life, which at the same time is still very much present through visual cues within the mise-en-scène of the painting. This work references an original drawing that Lowry produced in 1912, published under the title ‘Deal’ together with this print. The later painting ‘Deal Sands’ from 1945 is related to this earlier piece, both of which belonged to Mrs T.S. Eliot, the prestigious poet and playwright’s wife, who had accumulated a most impressive and extensive British Art collection.