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    Sale 7637

    20th Century British Art

    12 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 123

    Laurence Stephen Lowry, R.A. (1887-1976)

    Landscape with Figures

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Laurence Stephen Lowry, R.A. (1887-1976)
    Landscape with Figures
    signed and dated 'L.S. LOWRY 1957' (lower right), signed again and inscribed 'Landscape with figures/oil painting/L.S. LOWRY/The Elms, Stalybridge Road/Mottram in Longdendale/Cheshire' (on a label attached to the reverse)
    oil on board
    14¾ x 10¾ in. (37.5 x 27.3 cm.)


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    Lowry's people, even when depicted in large groups or crowds, are often very isolated figures. Each character dominates his or her own space and often has no interraction with any other figure. The present work depicts three individuals and a dog, standing extremely close to one another yet seemingly completely separate. Each is looking in a different direction, as though slightly embarrassed to be seen in such close proximity. By emphasising the differing heights and sizes of the characters Lowry brings to the picture a touch of quirky, dour humour.

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    Provenance

    P. Warburton.
    Mrs. E.M. Taylor.
    with Henry Donn, Manchester, where purchased by the present owner's father, 13 February 1979, and by descent.


    Literature

    Exhibition catalogue, L.S. Lowry, London, Royal Academy, 1976, pp. 83-4, no. 231, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    Bolton, Museum and Art Gallery, on loan.
    London, Royal Academy, L.S. Lowry, September - November 1976, no. 231.