Old English tea shops hung paintings instead of redecorating

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The set of 40 lithographs was created from paintings by some of Britain's most famous post-war artists, such as Edward Bawden, John Piper, David Gentleman, John Minton, William Scott, Duncan Grant, John Nash and L .S. Lowry.

They were commissioned between 1946 and 1955. Prints were made from the artworks and they were produced on a large enough scale to conceal the faded teashop decors.

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