A Potteries Parthenon (The Pigeon Cote) 1993 by Arthur Berry
Original mixed media painting titled "A Potteries Pathenon - The Pigeon Cote" by Arthur Berry.
The Pigeon Cote in the image shows a stripped wooden shed on stilts in an area of wasteground. It would be used to accommodate a pastime of some of the working class in 20th century, that of keeping homing or racing pigeons, the keepers would often be termed 'Pigeon Fanciers' of which a painting was included in the Lowry Berry exhibition in 2016. Berry here is holding up the sport in a noble way titling the painting as 'A Potteries Pathenon', suggesting that this simple knocked together wooden structure often found at the bottom of a garden or on an allotment is a bit like the Pathenon in Athens Greece.