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Signed Print Edition of 850
H 41cm x W 56cm
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Joe Syer, Head of Urban & Contemporary Art
Cumbria was a destination for Lowry on account of his friend and fellow artist Sheila Fell, who lived in Aspatria and another friend and collector, Geoffrey Bennett who lived in Maryport, where this painting was produced. The sea and landscapes of Cumbria made their way into his oeuvre, but only the Lowryan aspects that caught his attention during his travels. For example, in The Harbour, it was the working vessels, jet black with smoking funnels to mirror the smokestacks in the background, that caught his eye, rather than the leisure craft. Sea, sky and middle ground merge into one and other. The boats and buildings create repeating shapes that anchor the composition down. This work, as many of Lowry’s paintings do, also coincides with an important life event. In the year it was completed, Lowry received a letter from Carol Lowry, who he went on to tutor. They formed a close bond and she became somewhat of a muse to the older man. On his death in 1976 Carol inherited Lowry’s whole estate.