Gross, Anthony: Herne Bay Pier – SOLD


Between 1946 and 1955, 40 ‘Lyons Lithographs’ were commissioned, intended for display in Lyons Teashops and we have 7 available from the first series issued. They provide a wonderful overview of post-war Britain as seen by almost all of the period’s most renowned artists and are now real rarities.

They were printed on paper whose quality reflected the austerity of the times and those surviving are frequently grubby and uncared for. Our Lyons Lithographs have all been professionally cleaned and conserved and their colours are fully restored. They are mounted on conservation quality boards and are ready to frame.

‘Herne Bay Pier’ is the seventh from the First Series of 16 ‘Lithographs by Contemporary Artists’ and was the most popular produced. Printed in colours by Chromoworks Ltd, and published by J.Lyons in 1947, the print is signed in the plate.

It presents a lively and playful image of the pleasures of the pier on a breezy day. The print is partcularly rare as it’s in its ‘first state’ of production with the signature printed the wrong way round! A ‘second state’ was produced with a new plate correcting the signature and altering some figures.

Anthony Gross also produced an etching in 1948 entitled ‘Fishing at Herne Bay Pier’ which is almost identical – but in reverse! We also have in stock his etching ‘Fishing on the Pier at Dover in 1941’, see:


Artist: Anthony Gross, (1905-1984)

Title and date: Herne Bay Pier, 1947, no. 7

Size: 74.5 x 98.0 cms.

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Born in Dulwich, Anthony Gross attended then taught at the Slade School of Fine Art and also studied at the Académie Julian and École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Gross, together with his long-time friend and colleague Stanley William Hayter, studied at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in 1925-26. During this time, both artists learned engraving from Polish printmaker Joseph Hecht. Hayter later went on to found Atelier 17 in Paris. After studying in Madrid and Paris, Gross settled in France, working on oils, watercolours, and printmaking. During World War II he held a post as Official War Artist in Egypt, Burma, and India, capturing scenes of daily life, and was in the D-Day landings with the 50th division. His prolific career resulted in a fine body of over 400 etchings, many of which cover life in France.