L S Lowry and Norman Cornish

20th September, 2023

L S Lowry acquisitions

We had the pleasure this week of visiting a client with a wonderful art collection and bringing back to the gallery seven works; three by Norman Cornish and four by L S Lowry, all now listed in our New Work section of the website.

Taking the latter first, of the four works by Lowry, all of which have impeccable provenance, three are quite wonderful works on paper, including one of the finest of drawings, Industrial Scene, from 1951.

Children running in front of a fence - 1927

Very different yet just as exquisite is Children running in front of a fence, dated 1927; so full of Pendlebury/Salford observational humour.  We also acquired a small, dark and brooding oil on panel from 1922, titled The Crowd, a real rarity. We’re thrilled to have acquired these works, one or two of which may wend their way with us to the British Art Fair at the Saatchi Gallery, London, next week (complimentary tickets still available). 

Norman Cornish

The three works mentioned by the late Norman Cornish are actually works previously sold by us, between 2015 and 2017, and now available to their next custodian. All originally came from the estate of the artist and include one of the most powerful large gantry depictions we’ve owned or handled.

Man at bar with dog

Also obtained is a wonderful large oil painting; Man at bar with dog dates to the early 1960s and is the epitome Norman at his best. Very few oil paintings remain within the artist’s estate, especially of this impact and magnitude, so we are thrilled to have made this acquisition.

It's interesting to note that Lowry and Cornish spent many years jointly represented and exhibited by The Stone Gallery, Newcastle, arguably during the 60s and 70s the preeminent provincial commercial gallery in the UK. Seems fitting we should have brought their work together again.

All for now,

Steve and Christine

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