‘Beach Scene’ (c1960), which depicts the beach and sand dunes in the former fishing village of Spittal, celebrates Lowry’s long history with the coastal town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
Lowry was a regular visitor to the area from the mid-1930s until the summer before his death in 1976. During that time he created more than thirty sketches, drawings and paintings of Berwick-upon-Tweed.
‘Beach Scene’ is now part of the permanent collection at Berwick Museum and Art Gallery and a poignant reminder of the artist’s love for the Northumberland town. It was purchased for Museums Northumberland’s collections with the support of Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation), the Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, The Friends of Berwick and District Museum and Archives, and the Guild of Freemen of the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.