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Punch And Judy

Punch And Judy
Signed Print

L S Lowry

Lithograph, 1943
Signed Print Edition of 75
H 44cm x W 68cm

Critical Review

As implied by the print’s title, the background of this scene shows crowds of people gathering to watch the traditional British puppet show ‘Punch and Judy’ that features the characters Mr. Punch and his wife Judy. These puppet booths were iconic features of English seaside resorts and working class leisure time, and so this subject is apt for Lowry in his depiction of working people on their days off in town.

The composition is crammed full of people, providing the print with the frenetic energy of city life. Despite the busy, swarm of people that creates a sense of bustle to the image, like many of Lowry’s works there is a solemn and lonely element to this print. The figures, though in close proximity to one another, seem isolated from one another and from the viewer who looks to the bustling crowd from an elevated distance.

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