La Dell, Edwin, Hastings – 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 demonstrate edge damage. 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.

‘Hastings’ is the tenth from the First Series of 16 ‘Lithographs by Contemporary Artists’ and provides one Edwin La Dell’s most painterly and expansive but most intimate scenes set against the background of this popular resort town. He produced two other lithographs in this location, ‘Hastings’ from 1960 and an earlier print ‘Hastings Beach’.

Printed in colours by Chromoworks Ltd, and published by J.Lyons in 1947, the print is signed in the plate, unframed.


Artist: Edwin La Dell (1914-1970)

Title and date: Hastings, 1947, no. 10

Size: 74.5 x 98.0 cms.

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Artist description:

A superb printmaker, Edwin La Dell was born in Rotherham and in 1935, he won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art where his tutors included John Nash, Robert Austin, Gilbert Spencer and Barnett Freedman. He was Head of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art between 1955 and 1970 and played a key role in raising the appeal and status of printmaking. He was involved in commissioning such popular and influential series of prints as the Lyons Lithographs and the School Prints. His work is held in many collections such as the Royal Academy and the Government Art Collection.