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'Fishing at Marlow' designed and lithographed by Edwin La Dell; published by J Lyons & Co Ltd, 1951; printed by Chromoworks Ltd, London.

Edwin La Dell (1914-1970) attended the Sheffield School of Art and the Royal College of Art where he studied under John Nash and Percy Horton. He later became Head of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art and was an influential posr-war printmaker, with works held in the V&A, Tate and the Government Art Collection amongst other public collections.

This print was one of a series of 12 published by the catering company J. Lyons & Co. Ltd. following the success of a series of 16 published in 1947 to decorate the Lyons teashops. With the help of Jack Beddington, Artistic Director of Shell-Mex, the Directors of Lyons particularly wanted to encourage young post-war artists to produce cheerful pictures to liven up their tearooms left shabby from the war. The subject matters were often of typical English scenes, such as 'The Cricket Match' by Anthony Gross, 1951 and 'Elizabethan Dance' by John Piper, 1955. The prints were so popular that they were subsequently reprinted and sold to the public. The second series was first shown at an exhibition organised by the Arts Council to coincide with the Festival of Britain. A third series was commissioned in 1955.

The completion of the whole project was marked by an exhibition of the forty posters at the Tea Centre, London, which was opened by Sir Kenneth Clarke, Slade Professor of Fine Art, Oxford. Copies of the lithographs were bought by a number of museums and art galleries and became popular display prints in British Embassies and High Commissions. There was a retrospective exhibition in the South London Art Gallery in June 1977. In 2004, thirty of the posters were exhibited at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne.


Associated Date

1951

Maker or Associated Person

Accession No

2006.10

Object Name, Other

Fishing at Marlow
lithograph

Associated Period

20th century

Associated Place

Associated Event

Acquisitions Meeting March, 2006

Collection

River Thames

On display?

Not on display

General Notes

Artist
Edwin La Dell (1914-1970) attended the Sheffield School of Art and the Royal College of Art where he studied under John Nash and Percy Horton. He later became Head of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art and was an influential post-war printmaker, with works held in the V&A, Tate and the Government Art Collection amongst other public collections.

Lyons & Co Ltd. Posters
This print was one of a series of 12 published by the catering company J.Lyons & Co Ltd. following the success of a series of 16 published in 1947 to decorate the Lyons teashops. With the help of Jack Beddington, Artistic Director of Shell-Mex, the Directors of Lyons particularly wanted to encourage young post-war artists to produce cheerful pictures to liven up their tearooms left shabby from the war. The subject matters were often of typical English scenes, such as ‘The Cricket Match’ by Anthony Gross, 1951 and ‘Elizabethan Dance’ by John Piper, 1955.The prints were so popular that they were subsequently reprinted and sold to the public. The second series was first shown at an exhibition organised by the Arts Council to coincide with the Festival of Britain. A third series was commissioned in 1955.

The completion of the whole project was marked by an exhibition of the forty posters at the Tea Centre, London, which was opened by Sir Kenneth Clark, Slade Professor of Fine Art, Oxford. Copies of the lithographs were bought by a number of museums and art galleries and became popular display prints in British Embassies and High Commissions. There was a retrospective exhibition in the South London Art Gallery in June 1977. In 2004, thirty of the posters were exhibited at the Towner Gallery, Eastbourne.

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