Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976) Family Group 22 x 16 cm. (8 5/8 x 6 1/4 in.)
Lot 28AR
Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A.
(British, 1887-1976)
Family Group 22 x 16 cm. (8 5/8 x 6 1/4 in.)
Sold for £80,500 (US$ 131,543) inc. premium

Lot Details
Laurence Stephen Lowry R.A. (British, 1887-1976)
Family Group
signed and dated 'L.S. Lowry 1951' (lower right)
oil on panel
22 x 16 cm. (8 5/8 x 6 1/4 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Monty Bloom Collection
    With Hamet Gallery, London, 29 September 1972, where acquired by
    Mrs. Helen Keith-Roach
    Sale; Bonhams, London, 2 December 2003, lot 79
    With Neptune Fine Art, Derbyshire
    With Halcyon Gallery, London where acquired by the present owner
    Private Collection, U.K.

    EXHIBITED:
    Southport, Atkinson Art Gallery, The Bloom Collection, 1967
    London, Hamet Gallery, L.S. Lowry, 21 September-21 October 1972,
    cat.no.5

    In later years L.S. Lowry posed for a charming black and white
    photograph holding a cup and saucer, beside a variety of his paintings
    positioned on easels (see fig.1). Propped carefully on top of four other
    pictures, the present lot can be seen unframed next to Lowry dressed in
    his artist's overalls. These figure groups only began to emerge in
    Lowry's work in the 1950s and would sometimes incorporate just a
    singular person, whilst others show more complex juxtapositions of
    adults and children, perhaps with a dog or cat. Many were painted
    without any context, like we see in Family Group, so that the
    spectator has only the figures themselves to concentrate on; others were
    placed in domestic settings or urban streets. The present lot is a
    curious painting in the sense that the figures' faces, especially of the
    two adults, have seemingly morphed into part human, part animal. It is
    beguiling; almost humorous and anticipates a number of characters which
    appear in some of Lowry's drawings dating from the late 1960s and early
    1970s, for example the fabulous pencil drawing, A Group of
    Figures (reproduced in Michael Howard's Lowry, A Visionary
    Artist, Lowry Press, Salford, 200, p.200).
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