Pencil on paper, signed and dated 1970
16 ½ x 11 5/8 in.
Provenance: PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF L.S. LOWRY
Sunderland, Art Gallery, L.S. Lowry in the North East, 1989.
Berwick-upon-Tweed, Granary Gallery, L.S. Lowry in Berwick and Northumberland, June - September 2014.
Sunderland, Art Gallery, on long term loan from the estate, 1989-2015.
Laurence Stephen Lowry was an English artist born in Stretford, Lancashire. Many of his drawings and paintings depict nearby Salford and surrounding areas, including Pendlebury, where he lived and worked for over 40 years.Lowry is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England in the mid-20th century. He had a distinctive style of painting and is best known for urban landscapes peopled with human figures often referred to as "matchstick men". He also painted mysterious unpopulated landscapes, brooding portraits, and the unpublished "marionette" works, which were only found after his death.Lowry was awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree by the University of Manchester in 1945, and Doctor of Letters in 1961. He was given the freedom of the city of Salford in 1965. In 1975 he was awarded honorary Doctor of Letters degrees by the Universities of Salford and Liverpool . A large collection of Lowry's work is on permanent public display in a purpose-built art gallery on Salford Quays, appropriately named the Lowry.