Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976) Agecroft Regatta 26.6 x 37 cm. (10 1/5 x 14 1/2 in.)
Lot 57AR
Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976) Agecroft Regatta 26.6 x 37 cm. (10 1/5 x 14 1/2 in.)
Sold for £211,250 (US$ 345,198) inc. premium

Lot Details
Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976)
Agecroft Regatta
signed and dated 'L S Lowry 1942' (lower right)
pencil
26.6 x 37 cm. (10 1/5 x 14 1/2 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    A. E. (Ted) Frape, former Director of the Salford City Art Gallery, Manchester
    With Neptune Fine Art, Derbyshire
    With Halcyon Gallery, London
    With Richard Green, London
    Purchased from the above by the present owner in 2007
    Private Collection, U.K.

    LITERATURE:
    Mervyn Levy, Drawings of L.S. Lowry, Jupiter Books, London, 1973, pl.49 (ill.b&w)
    Judith Sandling (ed.), Lowry's City A Painter and his Locale, Lowry Press, Salford, 2000, p.27 (ill.b&w)

    The present lot is almost certainly the most fully realised pencil drawing by L.S. Lowry of the Agecroft Regatta; at least one other example is known to exist, along with a later and very impressive, large oil painting, The Regatta (1949) (see Fig.1).

    This annual, northern sporting spectacle, between Agecroft Rowing Club and the Manchester University Boat Club occurred on the banks of the River Irwell and attracted large crowds of people. Founded in 1861 by Ishmael Lythgoe, Agecroft Rowing Club was not meant as a centre of excellence for rowing but more as a social venue for like-minded individuals who enjoyed the pastime of rowing. The boat club, built in 1935, can be seen in the upper left quadrant of the drawing with its flag flying in the breeze.

    As with other ambitious pencil drawings by Lowry depicting large groups of figures, such as Swinbury Station (sold in these rooms, for a new world auction record for a pencil drawing by the artist, £121,250, in November 2011), he employs the highly effective technique of working the figures in the immediate foreground with dark, strongly delineated pencil marks and individual expressions, whilst indicating a more tightknit gathering of people as the crowd recedes with deft, paler and more sketchy marks.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this work was not previously with Richard Green Gallery as stated in the printed catalogue and online.
Auction information

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.

The cover lot Garden Path, Cookham Rise by Sir Stanley Spencer fetched an impressive £769,250 while the much admired Oil-bound Puffin by Lucian Freud commanded £385,250 on the day, with both returning to private collections.

We are delighted to now invite consignments for the forthcoming auction on 20 November 2013.

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