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L. S. Lowry

British

1887-1976


Artist's Biography & Works For Sale 

Laurence Stephen Lowry was born on 1st November 1887 in Rusholme, Manchester as an only child to Robert and Elizabeth Lowry. His father was a clerk whilst his mother was a teacher. Lowry left school in 1904 without any qualifications but still managed to find work in a firm of chartered accountants. In the evenings, between the years of 1905 and 1915, he began attending painting and drawing classes at the Municipal College of Art under the tutelage of Adolphe Valette. Due to financial pressures, Lowry and his parents moved to Pendelbury in Salford where he continued with evening art classes at Salford School of Art under Bernard D Taylor, eventually stopping attendance in 1928.

In 1910, he became a rent collector and clerk with the Pall Mall property company in Manchester. He remained a full-time employee whilst he painted. He exhibited in several places including the Royal Academy where he later became elected in 1962. Prior to this election, Lowry had been awarded an Honorary MA at Manchester University in 1945 and a doctor of letters in 1961. He was also given freedom of the city of Salford in 1965.

Lowry painted various subjects but it for his industrial landscapes of Northern England, peopled with human figures, terraced houses, factories and coalmines that he is most famous.