Lowry Laurence Stephen 1887-1976

L S Lowry is known for his paintings of the Industrial landscapes of the North of England. His stylised pictures of coalmines, factories with smoking chimneys, football matches, and terrace houses were mostly painted around Pendlebury and Salford, near Manchester. He had a recognisable style of crowds of simple dark figures surrounded by slabs of grey buildings and industrial fog.

Lowry worked full-time most of his life as a clerk, and continued to be chief cashier at the Pall Mall Company in Manchester, even when he was one of the most popular artists in Britain. He also studied painting part-time in evening classes, and later only painted after work. Lowry worked on his paintings steadily for many years and only achieved popular success in his 60's.