Conversation Piece signed and dated 'L.S. Lowry 1963' (lower right) ball-point pen on paper laid card 13.7 x 18.2 cm. (5 3/8 x 7 1/8 in.)
PROVENANCE: Gifted by the artist to Frank Mullineux in the 1960s or early 1970s Thence by family descent to the present owner
To be accompanied by a copy of The Paintings and of L.S. Lowry; Oils and Watercolours by Mervyn Levy, signed 'L.S. Lowry' (on the title page) and annotated throughout.
Frank Mullineux, a writer on local history and long standing friend of Lowry throughout his later years, took to the habit of hosting the artist each New Year's Day at his Worsley home for a number of years. On one occasion the pair where passing Eccles town hall, Lowry desired to make a number of quick sketches but found himself without the necessary paper or pencils. Mullineux kindly made a quick trip to W.H. Smith and bought for him the materials, the present lot was given to him in gratitude. (Shelley Rohde, L.S. Lowry, a Biography, The Lowry Press, 1999, p.329)