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Lowry at the Seaside

Exhibition

Daily, Berwick Museum and Art Gallery

Beach Scene by English artist LS Lowry is on permanent display at Berwick Museum and Art Gallery.

Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976) is an artist well known for his depictions of industrial scenes in North West England. 

He is less well known for his paintings of the North East coast, particularly those showing England’s northernmost town Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Lowry was very fond of Berwick, and he holidayed here regularly from 1939 on, staying at the Castle Hotel, beside the goods yards and steam trains of Berwick Railway Station. His first known picture of Berwick is of Marygate and dated 1935. The artist continued to visit Berwick until the year before his death in 1976, painting roughly 30 finished pictures of the town altogether.

Berwick is proud of its connections with Lowry. In 2003 there was a great local outcry when the shelter on Berwick beach – locally treasured because Lowry had painted it in 1959 – was threatened with demolition. This led to Berwick Preservation Trust creating the Lowry Trail; this five-mile signposted route encourages visitors to walk in Lowry’s footsteps, with viewing points showing the artist’s paintings and drawings from the spot he painted them from.

Though there have been exhibitions of Lowry’s work in Berwick, no example of the artist’s work has ever been retained for a public institution in Berwick until Museums Northumberland bought “Beach Scene” at auction in 2019. The painting now features on an extra stage of the Lowry Trail, at the end of the prom at Spittal, overlooking the scene it depicts.

Spittal, on the opposite side of the river to Berwick, was a favoured walking place for Lowry, who probably reached it by travelling on the ferry across the estuary.  The painting shows the ebb and flow of a crowd of holidaymakers – and a little black dog – on the beach. Lowry uses thick brushstrokes and employs a light pastel palette of colours common to many of his other seaside pictures. Beyond the crowd several yachts tack across the background of the painting, painted in by a few deft strokes of Lowry’s fully charged brush.

Lowry at the Seaside also features objects from our collections relating to holidays in the town – early railway travel posters, amusement arcade games and the popular confectionery, the Berwick Cockle!

‘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.

Museum Address

The Clock Block,
Ravensdowne Barracks,
Parade,
Berwick,
Northumberland,
TD15 1DG

Opening Times

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm
  • Saturday 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday 10am - 4pm