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22¾ x 15 ins (57.79 x 38.10 cms)
Signed top right
Sale; Christie's, London, 17 June 1977, lot 168
Private Collection, U.K.
Clark Art Ltd
This drawing was produced in one of Adolphe Valette's Life Drawing clasess. Lowry hated being called a self-taught artist, he said:
The main thing, it seems to me, is to let the people know that I was trained. I'm tired of people saying 'You're self-taught aren't you? I'm sick of it. I drew the life class. I did the life drawing for 12 solid years as well as I could and that, I think, is the foundation of painting. I don't think you can teach painting, because everybody's colour sense is different. But drawing: the model's there, and you either get it right or wrong. There's no question of that. If you can draw the life, you can draw anything.
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