L. S. Lowry: Facts and Information

Here are some facts about L. S. Lowry, the famous English artist.

  • L. S. Lowry (Laurence Stephen Lowry) was born on 1st November 1887 in Stretford, Lancashire.
  • Lowry had an unhappy childhood. He wasn’t very popular at school, didn’t have a very close relationship with his parents, and he had few friends.
  • The Lowry family moved to the industrial town of Pendlebury in 1909. The landscape was dominated by textile mills and the chimneys of factories, and this imagery left its mark on the young L. S. Lowry.
  • Lowry had taken art classes as a child and he went to the Manchester School of Art and then Salford Royal Technical College.
  • In 1932, Lowry’s father died and he looked after to his mother. After his mother fell alseep, Lowry started to paint, often finishing at 3 a.m.
  • Lowry’s paintings often featured industrial Pendlebury and they captured scenes of life in industrial England. His landscapes are often populated by stylised ‘matchstick men’ figures.

L S Lowry

  • Lowry didn’t complete many paintings of London. However, his 1960 painting of Piccadilly Circus sold for more than £5 million in 2011.
  • Some of his most famous works include: Industrial Landscape, Going to the Match and Coming from the Mill, The Viaduct and The Football Match.
  • Lowry became an official war artist in 1943 and he was the Official Artist of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
  • Lowry was a massive fan of Manchester City Football Club.
  • Lowry died on 23rd February 1976. He was aged 88 and was suffering from pneumonia.

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46 Responses to L. S. Lowry: Facts and Information

  1. This really helped me with my Lowry homework project, but there is one problem, in te first sentence of the last paragraph, the word that is meant to say ‘ paintings’ says ‘painting’ so that is a mis- spelling.

  2. Thank you for this website. There is an exhibition re L S Lowry (until September), at the Granary Gallery in Berwick-upon-Tweed where Lowry frequently painted whilst on his holidays.

    Was Lowry a religious man? Perhaps not a churchman but his work shows a great depth of insight and of social awareness also a spiritual sensitivityin some paintings. If he was an official painter for the Queen’s coronation presumably he was from an Anglican or non-conformist background. Does anyone Know?

  3. If anyone is interested, there is a great Lowery Museum/Gallery in Manchester and a satatue of him and his old house in Mottram, Derbeyshire. the house has a blue plaque on the front of it.

  4. Painting is spelt wrong in the first sentences of the last paragraph it says pianting. Other than that it helped me with my project. Thanks!

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