A PAINTING by renowned artist LS Lowry thought to be worth more than £100,000 is to go under the hammer next week.
‘Barges on a Manchester Canal’ could fetch well over the estimated price when it appears at auction at Edinburgh’s Lyon & Turnbull on 2 December.
The distinctive works of the Lancashire-born painter – known for his famous depictions of Glasgow’s docks – have been sold for several times the estimated price in the past.
His painting of The Liver Building went for £1million in 2006 – double the expected price.
While Cranes and Ships, a 1947 painting of Glasgow’s Prince’s Dock, was bought by the city’s council for £200,000 in 2006.Nick Curnow, paintings specialist at Lyon & Turnbull described the piece as a “marvellous example of Lowry’s work.”
He said: “The painting doesn’t have figures in it, and that’s obviously something that people like to see, those famous matchstick men.
“But it’s still wonderful in its own right, and it shows the isolation that Lowry felt.
“It’s a slow burner, but you really grow to appreciate it.”
Lowry famously led a humble life as a cashier for the Pall Mall Company, while taking evening classes in art.
He was famous for drawing characters as ‘matchstick men’ as well as for his works of industrial northern towns, docks, and the sea.
Burberry designer Christopher Bailey drew influences from Lowry’s work for last winter’s collection, while Lowry-style animation has also been used for the Oasis music video The Masterplan.