The Girder Bridge signed 'Alan Lowndes' (lower left) and dated '1973' (lower right); titled and dated again 'THE GIRDER BRIDGE/1973' (verso) oil on canvas 40.5 x 50.7 cm. (16 x 20 in.)
PROVENANCE: With Crane Kalman Gallery, London, 1973-4 Sale; Bonhams, London, 1980s, where purchased by the present owner
EXHIBITED: London, Crane Kalman Gallery, A Selection of British Paintings, 4 December 1973 - 12 January 1974, no.68 London, The Portland Gallery, McIntyre, Lowndes & Brook, 7-29 July 2011, no.57, where lent by the present owner
With his move to Gloucestershire in 1970 the artist's productivity waned slightly in comparison to his rapid output in Cornwall, yet he lost no sense of the originality and charm of his persistent style, as is visible in this late work by the artist. The following year the artist completed a painting recalling his time in France, Pont Neuf, Dieppe (1974) in which one is able to see the recurring interest that Lowndes took in the industrial motif of the girder bridge. Exhibited at Crane Kalman Gallery, London over the winter of 1973-4, Lowndes found himself placed once more alongside Freud and Craxton by Andras Kalman, who remained a devout supporter of the artist's work throughout the later part of his career.