13 July – 22 September 2013
In the post-war years, catering giant J. Lyons & Co. commissioned three series of lithographs from some of Britain’s most popular artists – including Edward Bawden, John Piper, David Gentleman, John Minton, William Scott and John Nash – to combat a wartime decline in the interior decoration of their famous teashops. Through the company’s enterprising approach to arts patronage, the cream of modern British art was for the first time accessible to a wider public in Lyons Teashops across the nation. This exhibition celebrates our collection of the complete set of 40 lithographs, shown alongside some of the original paintings and working drawings. Step back in time to experience a Great British institution at a time when great art overcame austerity!