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

Street scene in the snow

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Laurence Stephen Lowry, R.A. (1887-1976)
Street scene in the snow
signed and dated 'L.S. Lowry 1941' (lower left)
oil on panel
14½ x 24 in. (36.8 x 61 cm.)
This painting was the image for a Christmas card commissioned by the Lowry centre, Salford, in 2003.
Provenance
Professor and Mrs H.B. Maitland, and by descent to Mrs D.L. Dickey.
Private collection.
Literature
M. Levy, The Paintings of L.S. Lowry, London, 1975, pl. 21.
M. Howard, Lowry A Visionary Artist, Salford, 2000, p. 142, illustrated.
A. Kalman and A. Lambirth, LS Lowry Conversation Pieces, London, 2003, p. 78, illustrated.
Exhibited
Salford, Festival of Britain, City Museum and Art Gallery, Retrospective Exhibition of L.S. Lowry, July - August 1951, no. 53. Manchester, City Art Gallery, Retrospective Exhibition of L.S. Lowry, June - July 1959, no. 35.
Sheffield, Graves Art Gallery, Works of L.S. Lowry, September - October 1962, no. 31.
Sunderland, Art Gallery, Arts Council of Great Britain, L.S. Lowry, August - September 1966, no. 36: this exhibition toured to Manchester, Whitworth Art Gallery, September - October 1966; Bristol, City Art Gallery, October - November 1966; and London, Tate Gallery, November 1966 - January 1967.
Sheffield, City Art Gallery, British Painting 1900-1960, November - December 1975, no. 97.
Edinburgh, Arts Council, Scottish Arts Council, L.S. Lowry, December 1977 - January 1978, no. 25: this exhibition toured to Hawick, Wilton Lodge Museum, January - February 1978; Aberdeen, Art Gallery, February - March 1978; Dundee, Museum and Art Gallery, March - April 1978; Inverness, Museum and Art Gallery, April - May 1978; and Perth, Museum and Art Gallery, May - June 1978.
Salford, Art Gallery, L.S. Lowry Centenary Exhibition, October - November 1987, fig. 13: and on loan, London, Barbican Art Gallery, L.S. Lowry, August - October 1988, no. 99, ex catalogue.
Manchester, City Art Gallery, on loan.
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Lot Essay

Michael Howard comments that the present work 'is reminiscent of paintings by Camille Pissarro, with Lowry's white gound rendering exactly the qualities of the tainted urban snow as it lies like a blanket over the street and houses. To the right, however, echoing the colours of the houses, the rectangular shape of a van waits as figures pass by, huddle together, or simply stand and stare. This is a fever van ... As contemporary viewers would know very well, vans like this were brought in to fumigate a stricken household. Its inclusion in the painting acts as a reminder of the constant presence of illness, disease and death in the working-class areas of South Lancashire towns' (see M. Howard, Lowry A Visionary Artist, Salford, 2000, pp. 142-3).
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