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Living Paintings

Town & Country

Suitable for: Book Clubs

Here we have two great paintings from the 20th century by well loved artists. Lowry depicts industrial Huddersfield with his matchstick people. Spencer gives us a farm scene in Berkshire with himself and his wife among the cows. All is not what is seems though – go beyond the canvas and discover more about these two artists and the places they painted.

Listen to an audio clip

I hear Mr Johnson's little boy call "Harry, Harry" down below in the street and anon I hear his scuttling feet across the gravel as he runs past our house. Our back iron gate swings open and hits the ivied wall out of which it is built, with a bang, then quick steps up the passage, then the sound of the milk can opening and of the jug drawn off the window sill. Then I think of what joy is before me in a full day."
33 years later this piercing memory engenders "The Farm Gate" of 1950. Its subject is the scene watched wistfully from the bedroom window of Spencer's memory. Its focus is Spencer himself, newly married to his first wife, Hilda, standing by the wall of Ovey's farm. With great concentration Spencer struggles to secure the locking bar of the gate opened by Hilda.

What's inside

  • 10 copies of two or three raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • Coloured picture book of the raised images. Guidance Notes to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Huddersfield by Laurence Stephen Lowry
The Farm Gate by Sir Stanley Spencer CBE, RA

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