18 of 21 portraits of L.S. Lowry
by Laurence Stephen ('L.S.') Lowry
pencil, circa 1920
15 in. x 11 in. (381 mm x 279 mm)
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Sitterback to top
- Laurence Stephen ('L.S.') Lowry (1887-1976), Painter. Sitter in 21 portraits, Artist of 2 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Laurence Stephen ('L.S.') Lowry (1887-1976), Painter. Artist of 2 portraits, Sitter in 21 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Lowry described standing on Pendlebury Station in 1916, and waking to the beauties of the northern indus trial landscape. His work has a unique place in twentieth-century British art for his idiosyncratic vision of those landscapes, peopled with matchstick figures, sets him apart from the mainstream, but is nevertheless in the tradition of English visionary artists such as William Blake and Stanley Spencer. His self-portraits were always given general titles which conferred an anonimity in keeping with his reclusive nature. This self portrait was entitled simply 'Head of a Man'. The critic Mervyn Levy has said that it is in no way a literal or factually accurate portrait, being more about a state of mind and intended to express a sense of loneliness.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 391
Events of 1920back to top
Current affairsThe Government of Ireland Act (Fourth Home Rule Bill) partitions Ireland into the Irish Free State with a devolved parliament in Dublin and Northern Ireland with a devolved parliament in Belfast.
The Communist Party of Great Britain is founded in London, uniting a number of independent socialist and Marxist parties into a single, united party.
Art and scienceQueen Alexandra unveils a monument to Edith Cavell in St Martin's Place opposite the National Portrait Gallery. The English nurse was executed in Germany for helping hundreds of allied soldiers to cross the border from occupied Belgium to the neutral Netherlands.
George V officially opens the Imperial War Museum at the Crystal Palace.