Laurence Stephen LOWRY R.B.A. R.A. (1887-1976)

Richmond Hill, Salford.
Pencil. Signed with initials and dated, 1925.
Inscribed verso ‘ Richmond Hill / Salford / 1925’.
Framer’s label: ‘Intermountain Art Company, Salt Lake City’ label verso.
Provenance: William Bates (1918-2012); Sotheby’s 3/11/82, lot 145,
where acquired by the present owner as an after sale purchase.
7×5 inches. Framed: 12×9.75 inches.

Literature: A larger, later version of this drawing, in the City Art Gallery, Salford, is reproduced in Mervyn Levy, The Drawings of L. S. Lowry: Public and Private, Plate 80. The Salford City Art Gallery drawing is signed and inscribed ‘L. S. Lowry 1957 from an old sketch, 1925’.

William Bates (1918-2012) established a successful Manchester engineering company before emigrating to the U.S.A. in 1967. He consigned three works by Lowry to Sotheby’s 3/11/82 sale:

Lot 144, a 1927 painting of Peel Park Public Library, inscribed ‘To Bill, all the best in America. If I was younger I would go too. L. S. Lowry.’ the backboard dated, ‘31 May 1967’.
Lot 145, the present drawing.
Lot 146, a 1928 pencil study of a church, provenance ‘acquired by the present owner from the artist’.

£40,000 (Plus £1600 ARR)