Lowry, Lawrence Stephen

Born in 1887 in Manchester and worked as an accountant's clerk from the age of eighteen whilst attending classes at the local art college which is now part of Manchester Metropolitan University. He moved to Salford at the age of twenty two where he lived most of his life until a move to Mottram in Cheshire in 1948, where he lived until his death in 1976.
During his life his work was exhibited at the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts, the London Royal Academy and the Paris 'Salon d'Automne and Artistes Francais as well as solo exhibitions at London's Alex Reid and the Lefevre gallery.
He received many honours and awards throughout his lifetime and will always be remembered for his trademark depictions of 'matchstick men' and his contribution recording the period, culture and landscape of the industrial North of England.