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Lowry Laurence Stephen 1887-1976 painter educated at Victoria Park School Manchester began work with firm of accountants 1905 attended evening classes at Manchester Municipal College of Art 1905-15 and at Salford School of Art 1915-20 rent-collector and clerk with Pall Mall Property Co in Manchester 1910-52 kept job a closely guarded secret many pictures painted by artificial light at night hence the absence of shadows his imagination haunted by the Stockport Viaduct and other industrial scenes Manchester City Art Gallery purchased 1930 An Accident 1926 elected to Royal Society of British Artists 1934 his work discovered by art-dealer A J McNeil Reid of Lefevre Gallery London 1938 first one-man exhibition 1939 hon MA 1945 and LL D 1961 Manchester University ARA 1955 RA 1962 received freedom of City of Salford 1965 GPO issued stamp reproducing one of his industrial scenes 1967 main collection of his work owned by City Art Gallery Salford including self-portrait 1925 and The Cripples 1949 Lowry L S Laurence Stephen 1887-1976 British painter He lived all his life in or near Manchester mainly in Salford and worked as a rent collector and clerk for a property company until he retired in 1952 His painting was done mainly at night after his days work but he was not a naive painter having studied intermittently at art schools from 1905 to 1925 It was during this period that he evolved the type of picture for which he is best known featuring firmly drawn backgrounds of industrial buildings bathed in a white haze against which groups or crowds of figures painted in his characteristic stick-like manner move about their affairs isolated in an intensely individual personal life His pictures embodied a consistent but disquieting vision revealing a sense of alienation and mans inconsequence against the juggernaut of industrialism he was a solitary character and said Had I not been lonely I should not have seen what I did Although he
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