Laurence Stephen Lowry 1887-1976

British painter, born in Manchester. He worked as a clerk until his retirement at 65, using his spare time for art lessons and paintings. He exhibited regularly in Manchester from the 1920s, when he began his most characteristic works, bleak industrial landscapes and towns dotted with matchstick figures. These first attracted serious attention in the 1940s. A large retrospective exhibition was held at the Royal Academy in 1976.


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