This interactive catalogue includes audio descriptions of the artworks by our Director of Twentieth Century Art, Luci Stephens.

Twentieth-century British artist Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887–1976) was best-known for his melancholic oil paintings of the industrial North West, populated with milling crowds of ‘matchstick men’, smoking chimneys, and imposing factories. Born in the leafy, middle-class suburbs of Manchester, Lowry and his family were forced to move to the more industrial area of Pendlebury, Lancashire in 1909 due to financial difficulties. To offer his support, Lowry took on a job as a rent collector in his early twenties which he retained for over forty years, and painted his canvasses each night after his daily rounds. Lowry took night classes at the Salford School of Art, studying under French Impressionist Pierre Adolphe Valette (1876 – 1942). Although its influence can be noted in his early rural landscapes, Lowry never entirely adopted the Impressionistic techniques or bold colour palettes of his tutor; he famously used just five colours in his work: vermilion, ivory black, Prussian blue, yellow ochre, and flake white. Lowry had been painting in secret for over 30 years before he held his first London exhibition in 1939, where he immediately began to garner critical interest. In the following 27 years until his death, Lowry’s enigmatic reputation continued to grow, and he both accepted and rejected many honours bestowed on him, including a knighthood. Today, Lowry’s works have achieved vast international acclaim, and his paintings, drawings, and limited editions prints are highly sought-after by collectors.

Market Scene in a Northern Town Limited edition print on wove paper, after the 1939 original painting of the same title (The Lowry Collection, Salford) Signed, from the edition of 750. Published by Patrick Seale Prints Ltd., London Size: 23 3/4 x 18 in. (60.5 x 46cm) Literature Henry Donn, The Illustrated Limited Editions of L.S. Lowry, Scolar Press, 1979, p. 29

Mrs Swindells’ Picture Limited edition print on wove paper, after the 1967 original painting of the same title (Professional Footballer’s Association Collection) Signed, from the edition of 850. Published by Adam Collection Printed by Chorley and Pickersgill Ltd. Size: 12 x 16 in. (30.5 x 41 cm) Literature Henry Donn, The Illustrated Limited Editions of L.S. Lowry, Scolar Press, 1979, p. 28

Man Holding Child Limited edition print on wove paper, after the original painting from 1946. Signed ‘L.S. Lowry’ lower right, from an edition of 350 Stamped by the Fine Art Trade Guild Published by the Adam Collection Ltd. Printed by Chorley and Pickersgill, Ltd., Leeds Size: 28 x 18 in. (71 x 46 cm) Literature Henry Donn, The Illustrated Limited Editions of L.S. Lowry, Scolar Press, 1979, p. 32.

In the last 30 years Lowry has become one of Britain’s most highly prized artists. While in 1999 the highest price for one of his paintings had been £1.9 million, the most recent public valuation was between £6 million and £10 million.

Outside the Mill, 1950 Watercolour and oil on paper laid on board Signed and dated ‘L S Lowry 1950’ lower left Size: 10 7/8 x 9 in. (27.5 x 22.9 cm)

Mill Scene Limited edition print on heavy cotton wove paper, after the 1959 oil painting of the same title Signed ‘L.S. Lowry’ in pencil lower right, from the edition of 750. Published by The Sunday Observer Newspaper Size: 16 x 12 in. (40 1/2 x 30 1/2 cm) Literature Henry Donn, The Illustrated Limited Editions of L.S. Lowry, Scolar Press, 1979, p. 23

Berwick-upon-Tweed Limited edition print on wove paper From the edition of 650. Published by the Medici society in 1973, courtesy of Ronald Lyon Size: 24 x 18 in. (61.5cm x 46.5cm) Literature Henry Donn, The Illustrated Limited Editions of L.S. Lowry, Scolar Press, 1979, p. 28.

Level Crossing with Train Limited edition print on wove paper, after the 1946 painting of the same title (collection of the City of Salford Gallery) Signed ‘L.S. Lowry’ lower right, from an edition of 750 Published by Patrick Seale Prints in 1973 Size: 22 x 18 in. (56 x 46 cm) Literature Henry Donn, The Illustrated Limited Editions of L.S. Lowry, Scolar Press, 1979, p. 28.