When Berwick Museum and Art Gallery.re-opens to the public after lockdown, it will be displaying a painting by L.S. Lowry which has been acquired for Museums Northumberland. “Beach Scene” (c1960) depicts the beach and sand dunes in the former fishing village of Spittal, and it celebrates Lowry’s long history with the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed. It was purchased with the support of Art Fund, the Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, and the Guild of Freemen of Berwick, and The Friends of Berwick and District Museum and Archives also made a contribution to the purchase.
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’ will now be part of the permanent collection at Berwick Museum and Art Gallery, and it will be the first time that one of Lowry’s works has been on permanent display in the town.
More information on the acquisition and an illustration of the work can be seen on the Museums Northumberland website.