In the post-war years, catering giant J Lyons & Co. commissioned three series of lithograph prints from thirty of Britain’s popular artists including: John Piper, Edward Bawden, Duncan Grant, John Nash, David Gentleman and LS Lowry.
LMA holds, in portfolios, one of the two remaining sets of these lithographs.
Wartime decline in the interiors of the famous Lyons Teashops, compounded by the post-war lack of decorating materials led to the Company’s decision to commission these artworks. The resultant 40 ‘Lyons Lithographs’ decorated the teashops throughout the country from 1947 and many remained until their closure in the 1970’s. The cream of modern British art was, for the first time, accessible to a wider public across the nation. Copies were also sold to the public at very affordable prices.
Neville Lyons, a relative of the Company’s co-founder, describes how the lithograph project was conceived and developed. He displays high quality image reproductions of most of the artworks and gives an insight into the personalities of the artists.