LOWRY DRAMA

Lancashire Life - - Antiques -

War­ring­ton Auc­tions re­port that while print sales have been in the dol­drums for a few years, that does not ap­ply to signed, lim­ited edi­tion prints by LS Lowry. In a re­cent sale, five ex­am­ples sold for a to­tal of £15,500 split between two Lon­don tele­phone bid­ders. Most wanted was a mono­chrome view of St, Mary’s Church, Beswick, Lan­cashire, the orig­i­nal dated 1929 and the print num­bered 445 from an edi­tion of 500. Lowry reck­oned a draw­ing was ar­guably more im­por­tant than a paint­ing, cre­at­ing a more dra­matic ef­fect. It was also more dif­fi­cult to achieve a sat­is­fac­tory re­sult in black and white be­cause colours could be used to hide mis­takes. The church was de­mol­ished in 1965.

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