Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976) The Old Customs House 25.4 x 34.9 cm. (10 x 13 3/4 in.)
Lot 24AR
Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A.
(British, 1887-1976)
The Old Customs House 25.4 x 34.9 cm. (10 x 13 3/4 in.)
Sold for £26,250 (US$ 42,493) inc. premium

Lot Details
Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976)
The Old Customs House
signed and dated 'L.S.Lowry 1963' (lower right); further signed, indistinctly inscribed with title and dated again (verso)
pencil
25.4 x 34.9 cm. (10 x 13 3/4 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Acquired directly from the artist by W.E. Johnson, circa 1963
    Thence by family descent to the present owner
    Private Collection, U.K.

    The present work was commissioned by W.E. Johnson because the Customs House buildng was scheduled for demolition as part of the Stockton Town Centre refurbishment. He had always admired the building and felt there should be a permanent record of it.

    W.E. (Bill) Johnson was a freelance art historian and lecturer and long time Art Critic for The Northern Echo. He was a well known figure on the North East's art scene and worked for Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham and Leeds Universities, as well as The Open University. He knew Lowry over many years, being instrumental in securing a commission for him from The Friends of Middlesbrough Art Gallery which resulted in Lowry's painting of St. Hilda's Church in Middlesbrough. He was acknowledged as something of a "Lowry expert" in the region as a consequence. Lowry stayed with the Johnson family in Stockton on Tees for a week in September 1958.
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