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    Sale 7637

    20th Century British Art

    12 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 121

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

    Man Going to Work (Figure in a Gateway)

    Price Realised  


    Laurence Stephen Lowry, R.A. (1887-1976)
    Man Going to Work (Figure in a Gateway)
    signed and dated 'L.S. LOWRY 1960' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    11½ x 15¾ in. (29.2 x 40 cm.)

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    The gateway represents an important aspect of Lowry's urban landscape and this particular image was a specific location: the Improved Industrial Dwellings, 'built in 1870 to provide reasonable housing for some of those Salfordians who were living in appalling conditions'. In comparison with Lowry's earlier sketch of 1931, The Gateway, there is a notable development from 'detailed industrial scenes to the single uncomplicated image' (see J. Sandling and M. Leber, Lowry's City, loc. cit.). The painting combines the artist's interest in this particular characteristic of the urban landscape with a simplified approach to style.

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    with Investart Ltd., London, where purchased by the present owner in November 1989.


    J. Sandling and M. Leber, Lowry's City A Painter and his Locale, Salford, 2000, p. 57, no. 11.3, illustrated, dated 1964.


    Sunderland, Museum and Art Gallery, on loan, 1990-2006.