L S Lowry 1887-1976
This is a very rare opportunity to own a piece of art history, L S Lowry is regarded as the father of modern painting and one of Britain’s best loved artists. This work is a preparatory sketch of one of his best loved paintings, the painting of St Simons Church in 1928. The most interesting fact is this sketch has come from his sketchbook (of which other identical pages of different sketches from the same sketch book can be seen in the Lowry gallery) so you do not purchase one Lowry sketch you purchase two, as it is double sided. I have framed it in a double-sided frame with special glass that blocks out ultra violet light preventing fading from the sun.
I bought it from the world renowned Tennants Auctioneers in North Yorkshire. They stated they were completely happy with the provenance and I am 100% happy with Tennants judgment.
Laurence Stephen Lowry, RBA, RA, was an English artist. Many of his drawings and paintings depict Pendlebury, Lancashire, where he lived and worked for more than 40 years, and also Salford and its surrounding areas.
Lowry is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England in the mid-20th century. He developed a distinctive style of painting and is best known for his urban landscapes peopled with human figures often referred to as “matchstick men”. He painted mysterious unpopulated landscapes, brooding portraits and the unpublished “marionette” works, which were only found after his death.
A large collection of Lowry’s work is on permanent public display in The Lowry, a purpose-built art gallery on Salford Quays named in his honour. Lowry rejected five honours during his life, including a knighthood in 1968, and consequently holds the record for the most rejected British honours. On 26 June 2013 a major retrospective exhibition of his work opened at the Tate Britain in London, his first at the Tate, and in 2014 his first solo exhibition outside the UK was held in Nanjing, China.