change your view?

items per page:



keyword search



L.S. Lowry (1887-1976)

16 / 18 active records

Click on one of the following views:

Gallery View

Collector View

Professional View

Going to Work
 L.S. Lowry 

Going to Work - click to enlarge

Group of Children
 L.S. Lowry 

Group of Children - click to enlarge

Industrial Scene
 L.S. Lowry 

Industrial Scene - click to enlarge

Punch and Judy
 L.S. Lowry 

Punch and Judy - click to enlarge

Shapes and Sizes
 L.S. Lowry 

Shapes and Sizes - click to enlarge

St. Mary's Beswick
 L.S. Lowry 

St. Mary's Beswick - click to enlarge

Street Scene, St. Simon's Church.
 L.S. Lowry 

Street Scene, St. Simon's Church. - click to enlarge

The Family
 L.S. Lowry 

The Family - click to enlarge

The Football Match
 L.S. Lowry 

The Football Match - click to enlarge

The Lowrys. Self Portrait, Mother and Father.
 L.S. Lowry 

The Lowrys. Self Portrait, Mother and Father. - click to enlarge

The Old Steps, Stockport
 L.S. Lowry 

The Old Steps, Stockport - click to enlarge

The Pavilion
 L.S. Lowry 

The Pavilion - click to enlarge

The Pond.
 L.S. Lowry 

The Pond. - click to enlarge

Three Men and a Cat
 L.S. Lowry 

Three Men and a Cat - click to enlarge

Woman with a Beard. Together with Preliminary Sketch for Woman with a Beard.
 L.S. Lowry 

Woman with a Beard. Together with Preliminary Sketch for Woman with a Beard. - click to enlarge

 L.S. Lowry 

Yachts - click to enlarge

* Approximate price based on current exchange rates


Laurence Stephen Lowry was born in Rusholme, Manchester in November 1887, the only child of Irish-born R S Lowry and Elizabeth Lowry (née Hobson). He attended a local school in Victoria Park, but took private lessons from William Fitz, before starting work as a clerk for a firm of chartered accountants in 1904.

From 1905-1915 he attended drawing and painting classes at the Municipal College of Art (later Manchester College of Art, and now part of Manchester Metropolitan University), where he was tutored by Adolphe Valette. He moved to Pendlebury in Salford with his parents in 1909, where he was to live for nearly 40 years. During this time he attended art classes at Salford School of Art, developing an interest in the urban and industrial landscape.

L.S.Lowry exhibited with the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts from 1919, as well as entering paintings in the Paris Salon. By the early 1930s he was exhibiting at the Royal Academy in London. He was awarded an honorary MA at Manchester University in 1945, and Doctor of Letters in 1961, elected to the Royal Academy in 1962, and given freedom of the City of Salford in 1965 - many other honours followed later. He lived in Mottram until he died in 1976.

L.S. Lowry is unquestionably one of the most celebrated British artists and his unique contribution to recording the period, culture and landscape of the industrial north is without parallel. His work is a most distinctive and comprehensive record of the pre- and post World War Two northern industrial town. Many people associate Lowry with "Matchstick men" which became virtually his trademark, but he also produced a large number of empty landscapes and seascapes which are now recognised as masterpieces in their own right. Later in his life he concentrated on producing paintings of figures either singly or in groups, invariably against a white background.

Lowry also produced thousands of pencil drawings during his lifetime, these are now very collectable and the best ones are incredibly detailed.

Lowry's status as one of the major British artists of the 20th Century was reinforced when the painting "Going to the Match" was sold at Auction for a record £1.9 million. The Lowry Centre in Salford Quays, Manchester now holds a major collection of his work.


top of page