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LAURENCE STEPHEN LOWRY, R.A. (1887-1976)
Lancashire Street
signed and dated 'L.S. LOWRY 1951.' (lower right)
oil on panel
9 x 11 in. (22.8 x 27.9 cm.)
Painted in 1951.
Provenance
with Lefevre Gallery, London, where purchased by the previous owner's grandmother.
Their sale; Christie's, London, 22 November 2002, lot 54, where purchased by the present owner.
Exhibited
London, Lefevre Gallery, Recent Paintings by L.S. Lowry, October 1953, no. 25.
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.
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Lot Essay

A very fine and classical Northern street scene in which Lowry explores his interest in the buildings and structures that he knew from his years of walking around the city. Indeed, although Lowry's townscapes may contain references to known or specific buildings usually nothing is particularised. They are generic scenes, or `composites', and lack the many features that would identify specific parts of the city. We also find little in the way of advertising hoardings, traffic, buses and lorries. In fact there is very little differentiation, from one painting to another, between the buildings, the pubs, streets, monuments and churches. Each conforms to a type (see M. Howard, Lowry A Visionary Artist, Salford, 2000, p. 150).

Michael Howard also comments that, 'The scale of his figures bears no relation to the usual readings of perspectival space; the roads that move into the background of his pictures remain singularly disrespectful of the most basic rules of perspective, and fenestration refuses to match up with the notional spaces inside his depicted buildings' (op. cit. p. 149). It is this conflict which gives his prosaic subjects such a spectral and timeless quality.
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