Laurence Stephen Lowry was a painter of daily life. He was born in 1887 at Old Trafford, in
In 1905 he went to study at the Manchester Municipal College of Art, where he was taught by the French Impressionist artist Pierre Adolphe Valette. But it was at
After leaving education, Lowry became a rent collector working for Mall Property Company, where he worked up until his 65th birthday in 1952. The company supported his career as an artist and allowed time off for exhibitions.
During the Second World War Lowry served as a volunteer fire watcher in 1943 he became an official war artist. After the war, he was appointed Official Artist at the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Lowry lived and worked in
‘At first I detested it, and then, after years I got pretty interested in it, then obsessed by it’
Lowry died of pneumonia in Glossop in February 1976, he was 88.