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

Coronation Street

Laurence Stephen Lowry, R.A. (1887-1976)
Coronation Street
signed and dated 'L.S. LOWRY 1957' (lower left)
oil on canvas
14 x 18 in. (35.5 x 45.7 cm.)
Purchased by the present owner's father direct from the artist, and by descent.
Exhibition catalogue, Lowry's Favourites, Salford, The Lowry, 2000, p. 32.
Salford, The Lowry, Lowry's Places, September 2000 - January 2001, not numbered.
Salford, The Lowry, At Home with Lowry, September 2002 - January 2003, not numbered.
Salford, The Lowry, on long term loan 2000-2011, and included in various exhibitions including Lowry's Favourites, 2000 and 2004.

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Lot Essay

By the 1950s, the landscape that Lowry knew so well and had painted and drawn so regularly was changing. The regeneration of the poorer areas of the city to make way for improved living conditions for its inhabitants, resulted in many of Lowry's favourite buildings and views being destroyed. Lowry turned to the sketches of the street scenes that he had made throughout his long career as a rent-collector as inspiration and a series of composite landscapes were created throughout the 1950s and 1960s where the figures in the foreground dominate the compositions.

Coronation Street is a terraced street in Salford, with the Salford Lads Club, founded in 1903, on the corner and a location that Lowry would have known very well from his rent-collecting days. By 1960, this area of Salford had become the inspiration for a drama first screened by Granada Television on 9 December 1960. The set for the drama was modelled on Archie Street, Ordsall, but titled Coronation Street, and by September 2010 the programme had become the world's longest running TV-soap opera currently in production. To date, over 7,500 episodes have aired.

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