Clocking on Time, 1969

by L S Lowry

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DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 9.8 x 10.8 in. / 24.9 x 27.4 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed and dated lower right
MEDIUM: Pencil on paper

A pencil on paper drawing by LS Lowry. Figures crowd around the gates of a workplace as they enter for their shift. Lowry captures the energy and emotion of a scene at a moment in time, drawing on random scraps of paper as he records the goings on of local people through his eyes.

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    Catalogue No: 6459 Categories: ,

    This pencil on paper piece is typical of Lowry’s drawing style, which can be described as painterly.  He worked the surface of his drawings by smudging, erasing and rubbing the pencil lines on his paper to build depth and atmosphere.

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    Crane Kalman Gallery, London;
    Private Collection, Manchester;
    Crane Kalman Gallery, London;
    Halcyon Gallery, London;
    Private Collection, London

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    Biography

    As a young boy, Lowry lived in the leafy Manchester suburb of Victoria Park. Financial circumstances meant that the family had to move to Station Road, Pendlebury, Salford when Lowry was 22. His new home was surrounded by a far more industrial landscape than he had been used to. Lowry would recall “At first I detested it, and then, after years I got pretty interested in it, then obsessed by it…One day I missed a train from Pendlebury – [a place] I had ignored for seven years – and as I left the station I saw the Acme Spinning Company’s mill … The huge black framework of rows of yellowlit windows standing up against the sad, damp charged afternoon sky. The mill was turning out … I watched this scene — which I’d looked at many times without seeing — with rapture”.

    Lowry seems to have been a quiet man, who led a quiet life, although he maintained lifelong friendships with other artists, and was a dedicated art collector himself. In 1976, Lowry died of pneumonia at The Woods Hospital in Glossop, Derbyshire on 23 February, aged 88.

    Countless exhibitions have since displayed Lowry’s work, and The Lowry, a gallery in Salford Quays, was opened in 2000, at a cost of £106 million. It was built to honour the artist’s legacy and displays the world’s largest collection of his work; 55 of his paintings and 278 drawings.

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