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Old Town Hall, Middlesbrough

Old Town Hall, Middlesbrough
Signed Print

L S Lowry

Signed Print Edition of 850
H 42cm x W 31cm

Critical Review

In front of the Town Hall, Lowry depicts various small figures walking around and going about their daily lives. These figures, which lack detail, all seem alike and have become a signature element of the artist’s visual language. Known as ‘matchstick men’ the simple forms are employed to represent the monotonous routine and seriality of urban life.

The original painting produced by Lowry was commissioned by the Friends of Middlesbrough Art Gallery in 1958. Lowry was asked to paint a scene of local relevance, and chose to depict the Town Hall and church, two iconic buildings that were an important part of the Northern town. Lowry’s work now represents an important part of Middlesbrough’s history as it preserves the cityscape which has changed drastically since the composition was made.

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