Sunday, 7 July 2013

1936 - Laying a Foundation Stone

Laying a Foundation Stone 1936
Oil on Canvas
45.7 x 61 cm
Manchester City Galleries
City scene depicting the ceremonial laying of a foundation stone for a new school at Clifton. Groups of men and women sit on wooden benches in the foreground watching the ceremony performed by the Lord Mayor in a top hat and chain of office, who stands before a pulley system ready to lift the stone.

Strings of bunting are suspended from tall poles above him and to the left the Union Jack flies high. In the background a group of school children stand in ordered rows. The scene amused Lowry greatly as he felt that the attendants looked quite bored.

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