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L.S. Lowry RA 1887-1976

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L.S. Lowry - The Old Gateway

The Old Gateway, 1963

Oil on Board
10½ x 8¼ ins (26.67 x 20.96 cms)
Signed and dated

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With Lefevre Gallery, London
Private Collection

General Notes

This painting depicts the Salford Improved Dwellings, which were constructed in 1870. Traders such as stonemasons, blacksmiths, bookbinders and bricklayers were housed here. The dwellings served the community until they were demolished in 1960. Constructed in two parallel blocks four storeys high, they contained 62 separate tenements and two shops which were joined by a gateway fitted with iron gates. Lowry found in this particular gateway an image that proved to be of great consequence, and he used it with subtle differences in a series of paintings and drawings which spanned four decades. The earliest oil of the subject entitled Entrance to Dwellings was painted in 1933. The Old Gateway is a much smaller version of this iconic work and is one of the last paintings Lowry did of this subject.


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