Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976) Almshouses At Northleach 26.5 x 18.5 cm. (10 5/8 x 7 1/4 in.)
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Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976) Almshouses at Northleach 26.5 x 18.5 cm. (10 5/8 x 7 1/4 in.)
Sold for £23,750 (US$ 40,391) inc. premium
Lot Details
Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976)
Almshouses at Northleach
signed and dated 'L S Lowry 1930' (lower right)
pencil
26.5 x 18.5 cm. (10 5/8 x 7 1/4 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Harold and Edith Timperley
    Thence by descent

    The present and following lot are from a series of illustrative depictions of idyllic views by Lowry produced for Harold Timperley's topographical survey A Cotswold Book. This commission, amongst the artist's earliest, came at the suggestion of Harold's wife Edith who was ever so fond of Lowry and felt it would be good to encourage her friend; "In those days he (Lowry) would get enormously depressed. On one such occasion, when he was particularly low, I persuaded Harold to ask Lowry to do the drawings for his Cotswold Book." (Edith Timperley in Shelley Rohde, L.S. Lowry; A Biography, Lowry Press, Salford, 1999, p.171).

    A Cotswold Book reproduced twelve of Lowry's drawings, but it is known by exhibition records from The Bury Art Gallery, 1962 that further works were produced, including Mangersbury (1930, Private Collection) and presumably also the present work Almshouses at Northleach.

    Harold and Edith Timperley can be counted amongst Lowry's closest friends and confidants from this period and for many years to come; indeed following the death of his mother in 1939 the Timperleys took the distraught Lowry in to their home, caring for him for three weeks whilst he recovered from his loss.
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The 29 May sale was the departments most successful auction to date making almost £5m.

Furthermore, it was 90% sold by value with some staggering results achieved for fresh, competitively priced material sourced from private collections. Over half of sold lots soared above their high estimates, indicating that Bonhams is best positioned to secure the best price for your Modern British & Irish Art.

The variety on offer within this genre continues to delight buyers, proven by exceptional results for post-war masters such as Auerbach, Scully, Hockney and Freud whilst the early-mid century examples by Spencer, Lavery, Burra and Moore also exceeded expectation. We were proud to break our own world auction record twice over in the same sale for a pencil drawing by L.S. Lowry. Agecroft Regatta sold for £211,250, pipping The Organ Grinder (£151,250) to the title. The sculpture and Irish content were similarly contended for by the packed saleroom and busy telephones.

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