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L.S. Lowry RA 1887-1976

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L.S. Lowry - Thoughtful Man

Thoughtful Man, 1966

Pencil drawing
8¼ x 5 ins (20.96 x 12.70 cms)
Signed and dated

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The Artist
The Stone Gallery
Simon Marshall

General Notes

Thoughtful Man is drawn on Seaburn Hotel writing paper. During the 1960's and 70's Lowry frequently took up residence at the Seaburn Hotel in Sunderland. He was great friends with the Marshall family who owned the Stone Gallery in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He exhibited his work there regularly and the gallery owner Tilly Marshall published Life with Lowry a best-selling book about their experiences with the great man. Tilly's son, Simon Marshall regularly ferried Lowry along the North East coast where he would collect material for his pictures, preferring to finish them at home from memory.

In an interview with the Independent in 2013 Simon Marshall stated of Lowry; ''Over the years I must have driven him thousands and thousands of miles; to Holy Island, Gretna Green and Portpatrick, where he believed his ancestors came from. I very rarely saw him sketch or work outside.'' ''Although he carried a wallet with bits of paper in and might draw something on an envelope as we walked around, he mostly liked to work at home. He was absorbing things as we went, and would then appear at some later stage with a drawing of a place we'd been to, done from memory.''

Lowry often sketched on receipts, envelopes and the hotel writing paper. He is reputed to have been a generous man who often gifted works to friends, the hotel workers and even people he met on the street.

Lowry gave this drawing to Simon Marshall in 1966 and Simon exhibited it at this own gallery, also called The Stone Gallery in Burford in the Cotswolds.


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