Oil on canvas
Laurence Stephen Lowry, R.A.
The following condition report has been prepared by Hamish Dewar or Hamish Dewar Ltd., 13 & 14 Mason's Yard, Duke Street, St James's, London, SW1Y 6BU. Structural Condition: The canvas is unlined on the original keyed wooden stretcher and is providing a secure and stable structural support. There are faint central vertical stretcher-bar lines which are most pronounced in a vertical line running through the black pigments of the Eros's fountain. There is a trace of a diagonal scratch with a small impact point on the back of the canvas running in from the right vertical stretcher-bar as seen from the reverse and small traces of paint on the reverse of the canvas. Paint Surface: Inspection under ultra-violet light shows scattered retouchings in the sky. There are a number of small areas the most significant of which are: 1) an area in the upper left of the sky which measures approximately 5 x 1 cm and is 6 cm below the upper horizontal framing edge and 9 cm in from the left vertical framing edge. 2) An area in the upper right of the sky, approximately 6 cm below the upper horizontal framing edge, which consists of a number of small dots and lines which in total measure approximately 12 x 1.5 cm. There are other small scattered spots and lines of inpainting in the sky. The only retouchings on the main body of the composition would appear to be a small area in the Gordon's Gin advertising hoarding which is approximately 3 cm in length and a small dot of inpainting to the right of this, approximately 15 cm in from the right vertical framing edge. There is no evidence of retouching corresponding to the scratches on the reverse of the canvas. Summary: The painting would therefore appear to be in good and stable condition, with some retouchings that should be noted in the characteristically dry white pigments of the sky. Housed in a thick gilt and painted wooden frame. Please telephone the department on +44 (0) 207 293 6424 if you have any questions regarding the present work. "This lot is offered for sale subject to Sotheby's Conditions of Business, which are available on request and printed in Sotheby's sale catalogues. The independent reports contained in this document are provided for prospective bidders' information only and without warranty by Sotheby's or the Seller."
76 by 102cm.; 30 by 40in.
London, Alex. Reid & Lefevre Ltd, New Paintings by L.S. Lowry, October 1961, cat. no.34, illustrated; Sunderland, Sunderland Art Gallery, L.S. Lowry R.A. Retrospective Exhibition, August - September 1966, cat. no.88, illustrated, with Arts Council tour to Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, Bristol City Art Gallery, Bristol and Tate, London; Cardiff, National Gallery of Wales, (long-term loan, March 1979 - December 1981); London, Royal Academy of Arts, L.S. Lowry, 4th September - 14th November 1976, cat. no.255; Salford, The Lowry, A Lowry Summer, 7th July – 9th September 2012, un-numbered exhibition; London, Tate, Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life, 25th June - 20th October 2013, un-numbered exhibition, illustrated, fig.114.
Burlington Magazine, October 1961, no. 703, vol.103, illustrated p.28; The Daily Herald, 12th October 1961, illustrated p.4; David McLean, L.S. Lowry, Medici Society, London, 1978, p.20, illustrated; T.G. Rosenthal, L.S. Lowry, The Art and the Artist, Unicorn Press, Norwich, 2010, illustrated p.87.
Alex. Reid & Lefevre Ltd, London Alasdair Roger Mrs. Richard Beecham Roy Miles Fine Paintings, London, where purchased by Lord Forte, April 1983 His sale, Christie's London, 16th November 2011, lot 7, where acquired by the late owner
Signed and dated 1960
1887 - 1976