L. S. Lowry
(1887-1976)

Died aged c. 89

Laurence Stephen Lowry RBA RA (1 November 1887 – 23 February 1976) was an English artist. Many of his drawings and paintings depict Pendlebury, Lancashire, where he lived and worked for more than 40 years, and also Salford and its surrounding areas. Lowry is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England in the mid-20th century. He developed a distinctive style of painting and is best known for his urban landscapes peopled with human figures often referred to as "matchstick men". He painted mysterious unpopulated landscapes, brooding portraits and the unpublished "marionette" works, which were only found after his death. Due to his use of stylised figures and the lack of weather effects in many of his landscapes he is sometimes characterised as a naïve "Sunday painter", although this is not the view of the galleries that have organised retrospectives of his works. A large collection of Lowry's work is on permanent public display in the Lowry, a purpose-built art gallery on Salford Quays named in his honour. Lowry rejected five honours during his life, including a knighthood in 1968, and consequently holds the record for the most rejected British honours. On 26 June 2013 a major retrospective opened at the Tate Britain in London, his first at the Tate, and in 2014 his first solo exhibition outside the UK was held in Nanjing, China.

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Commemorated on 6 plaques

Lawrence Stephen Lowry 1887-1976 The famous North Country artist L. S. Lowry lived here from 1948 until his death in 1976. The paintings of Lowry document the lives of ordinary people in the industrial communities of the North West.

The Elms, Stalybridge Road, Mottram in Longdendale, United Kingdom where they was

L. S. Lowry Painter (1887-1976) Lived here 1908-1948 City of Salford Heritage Site

117 Station Road, Swinton, Manchester, United Kingdom where they lived (1908-1948)

This is the original site where L. S. Lowry painted Black Steps, Wick in 1935

?, Wick, United Kingdom where they painted (1935)

By St.Philip's Church, Salford. 1926 by L. S. Lowry. Born in 1887, Lowry is Manchester's best loved artist. His distinctly naive style belies the sophisticated way in which he portrayed the industrial and social landscape of his times.

Great George Street, Salford, United Kingdom where they was

L. S. Lowry 1887-1976 Internationally acclaimed artist was born ay 8 Barrett Street, Old Trafford 1st November 1887. Barrett Street ran nothwestwards from Cross Street to Hullard Street.

Limelight Building, Shrewsbury Street, Manchester, United Kingdom where they was born near (1887)

L. S. Lowry Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1876) visited this gallery 8th August 1973

23 Lees Yard, Holt, United Kingdom where they visited (1973)