This exhibition brings together paintings, drawings and prints depicting scenes of urban life by modern British artists. It includes works by LS Lowry, Richard Hamilton, John Nash, Sylvia Gosse and Edward Bawden.
The urban landscapes of towns, streets and ruins have always inspired artists. In the 20th century, the rapid growth of urban living inspired a new generation of artists to depict towns and cities and the lives of people who lived in them.
Artists painting these scenes are torn between celebrating the beauty of urban landscape and the rough, messy reality of daily life. Artists are also conflicted between depicting the individual and the crowd, and personal, public and working life. As you walk around this exhibition, think about the different ways artists have portrayed their experience of urban life.
This exhibition brings together some of the most important and well-known works of art in our collection, as well as a group of paintings and prints by Swindon artists showing our town.