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Oil on Board
10½ x 14½ ins (26.67 x 36.83 cms)
Signed and dated
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LeFevre Gallery, London
Sothebys Sale, London, December 5th, 2001
Clark Art Ltd
Paintings by Barbara Hepworth and L.S. Lowry, Lefevre Gallery, London, April 1948, Cat no 6
A Northern School Revisited, Clark Art Ltd, 29th October-28th November, 2015, Cat No 6, illustrated full page.
It was with his aunt that Lowry first visited Scotland, as a young boy on holiday: 'It was not often that Mary was able to persuade Elizabeth to allow Laurie [Laurence Stephen Lowry] to visit on his own; but in 1898, while her sister was in the throes of an "attack", she took the ten-year-old boy with her own family on holiday to Scotland. There they hiked across rough moorland, visited local tourist spots, and explored the countryside on bicycles which they hired by the day in the nearby village of Scaur O'Doon' (S. Rohde, L.S. Lowry, a biography, Salford, 1979, p. 48). Following this initial introduction to the country, the artist made a number of visits to Scotland throughout his career, holidaying there and travelling as far north as the Highlands.
Lowry was fascinated by the sea and ships and this is one of several paintings he did in the late of tramp steamers on the Clyde when he visited the region in 1946/7. During this period he also produced a series of paintings of Glasgow docks and Glasgow landmarks.
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