L.S. Lowry

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Who was He? Painter of Working Class urban scenes.

Date and Place of Birth: 1st November 1887, Stretford, Manchester, England. Christened Laurence Stephen Lowry.

Family Background: Only child of Irish born R.S. Lowry and Elizabeth Hobson.

Education: Local School in Victoria Park and privately tutored by William Fitz. Municipal College of Art (Now Manchester Metropolitan University) under Adolphe Vallette.


1904: Found work as a clerk in a Manchester Firm of Accountants.

1905: Went to study art at Manchester School of Art in the evenings (until 1915).

1909: Moved with his parents to Pendlebury in Salford, now Greater Manchester.

1910: Obtained a job as a rent collector with a Manchester company where he was to stay for the next 42 years. His vision of the working class streets was formed in this period whilst he tramped the local streets.

1915: Began evening classes at Salford School of Art where he first developed his distinctive style of matchstick figures (until 1925).

1918: Studied at the life classes at Manchester Academy of Fine Arts.

1919: Exhibited for the first time at Manchester Art Gallery.

1930's Began exhibiting at the Royal Academy in London.

1939: Death of his mother whom he had lived with all her life and nursed in her final years.

1945: Awarded an Honorary MA at Manchester University.

1948: Left Pendlebury when his landlord repossessed his house and moved to Mottram-in-Longendale in Cheshire, where he lived until his death.

1950's: Visited his long time friend Geoffrey Bennett several years running, who had become the Manager at the National Westminster Bank in Cleator Moor, Cumbria. Lowry painted a picture of the bank and other local scenes.

1961: Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters at Manchester University

1962: Elected as a Member of the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Geoffrey Bennet becomes an Anglican Clergyman.

1964: The Prime Minister used his painting "The Pond" as his official Christmas Card.

1965: Made a Freeman of the City of Salford.

1967: "Coming out of School" was used for a British Postage Stamp.

Marriage: Never married.

Places of Interest:


Tate Modern.


The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M5 2AZ.. (Holds over 300 of his works).

Date and Place of Death: 23rd February 1976, Glossop, Derbyshire, England.

Age at Death: 88.

Site of Grave: Chorlton Southern Cemetery next to his parents.