Who was He? Painter
of Working Class urban scenes.
Date and Place of Birth:
1st November 1887, Stretford, Manchester, England. Christened Laurence
Family Background: Only
child of Irish born R.S. Lowry and Elizabeth Hobson.
School in Victoria Park and privately tutored by William Fitz. Municipal
College of Art (Now Manchester Metropolitan University) under Adolphe
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
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.
Places of Interest:
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:
Site of Grave: Chorlton
Southern Cemetery next to his parents.