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Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976) was born in Manchester. An only child, he attended a local school before starting work as a clerk for a firm of chartered accountants in 1904. He attended drawing and painting classes at the Municipal College of Art (later Manchester College of Art), where he was tutored by Adolphe Valette

Lowry moved Salford with his parents in 1909 where he lived 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. He exhibited with the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts 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

L.S. Lowry is unquestionably one of the most celebrated British artists and his work is a  distinctive and comprehensive record of the pre and post World War II northern industrial town

Many people associate Lowry with matchstick men, but he is known to have produced over 10,000 works, ranging from finished oil paintings to hastily drawn sketches. The local industrial scene was his most frequent subject but he also painted seascapes and portraits. He was a great humorist and had intense insight into human nature, characterising it without sentiment


Much to the disappointment of the Galleries, when Lowry died he left all of his remaining paintings to a girl, also called Lowry, who had written him a letter years before, asking how she could become an artist

LS Lowry