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The Large Shore

© estate of the artist. Photo credit: Lakeland Arts Trust

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The son of a poet, Gerald Gould, and Labour politician, Barbara Ayrton Gould, Michael Ayrton was a painter, sculptor, writer, and, from 1944, when he took over the position from John Piper, art critic for The Spectator. From 1937–1939, Ayrton studied in France, working in the studios of Eugene Berman as well as Giorgio de Chirico, to whose empty, melancholy landscapes 'The Large Shore' clearly owes a large debt.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery


  • Date


  • Medium

    acrylic on board

  • Measurements

    76.2 x 127 cm

  • Accession number

    AH 2863/92

  • Acquisition method

    bequeathed by Guy Howard, 1992


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Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Kirkland, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL England

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