Modern & Post-War British Art

Three of a Kind: L.S. Lowry

As one of Britain’s most popular and beloved artists, L.S. Lowry gained fame and recognition for his depictions of Britain’s industrial heartland and those that lived and worked within it. Born in 1887 and raised on the outskirts of Manchester, Lowry worked for almost his entire life as a rent collector in the area. Attending evening classes at Salford School of Art, Lowry would spend his working days sketching those that he saw on his daily rounds, working them up in the evenings in the attic room of his mother’s house under stark electric lights. Today best known for his bustling scenes, full of smoking chimneys, tall red-brick factories and spiking steeples, Lowry’s inspiration for painting these industrial scenes followed his missing a train at Pendlebury station: ‘I saw the Acme Company’s spinning mill: the huge, black framework of rows of yellow-lit windows … against the sad, damp-charged, afternoon sky… The mill was turning out hundreds of little, pinches figures, heads bent down … I watched this scene – which I’d looked at many times without seeing – with rapture.’ Lowry was a prolific artist, producing sketches, worked drawings and paintings from the 1920s until his death in the 1970s. The breadth of Lowry’s working output really does mean that there is something for every collector, at every level, and this is celebrated within the 12 and 13 June sale of Modern & Post-War British Art in London.

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Sotheby’s continued to showcase the very best in 20th century British art in 2016, both through record breaking results in our quarterly various owner auctions and also through our landmark single owner sales.

A standout of the year was the historic Bowie/Collector auction, which revealed for the first time Bowie’s little known and very private passion for art and collecting. The auction truly captured the imagination of the public – with over 55,500 visitors attending the worldwide pre-sale exhibitions. The three sales were 100% sold, totalling was £32.9m / $41.1m, well above the pre-sale estimate of £9.8-14.3m and 34 new auction records were set for British artists- including Frank Auerbach, Harold Gilman, Peter Lanyon and David Jones.

The Modern & Post-War British Art department leads the way in promoting British creativity and ingenuity, particularly through our legacy of offering the most important single-owner collections in this field. Highlights have included: A Life in Pictures: The Collection of Lord and Lady Attenborough, a white-glove sale which invigorated the market in 2009, the landmark Evill/Frost Collection, the most prestigious collection of 20th Century British art ever to come for sale, as well as 2014’s Lowry: The A.J. Thompson Collection, the greatest collection assembled in recent history of Britain’s favourite artist, and Daughter of History: Mary Soames and the Legacy of Churchill, which included the most important and personal group of paintings by Churchill ever to come to the market.

The artists and periods we handle range from ground-breaking Edwardians such as Augustus John and William Nicholson, to Modernist and Surrealist works made between the World Wars, through Neo-Romanticism to the realism and abstraction of the 1950s, the birth of Pop Art and right up to those working in the present day.

We hold our Modern & Post- War British Art sales in June and November and our Made in Britain auctions, which focus on British talent across the disciplines of fine art, prints, sculpture, photography, design and studio ceramics, in April and September.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Modern & Post-War British Art sales, please click here.
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 6424

Sotheby’s continued to showcase the very best in 20th century British art in 2016, both through record breaking results in our quarterly various owner auctions and also through our landmark single owner sales.

A standout of the year was the historic Bowie/Collector auction, which revealed for the first time Bowie’s little known and very private passion for art and collecting. The auction truly captured the imagination of the public – with over 55,500 visitors attending the worldwide pre-sale exhibitions. The three sales were 100% sold, totalling was £32.9m / $41.1m, well above the pre-sale estimate of £9.8-14.3m and 34 new auction records were set for British artists- including Frank Auerbach, Harold Gilman, Peter Lanyon and David Jones.

The Modern & Post-War British Art department leads the way in promoting British creativity and ingenuity, particularly through our legacy of offering the most important single-owner collections in this field. Highlights have included: A Life in Pictures: The Collection of Lord and Lady Attenborough, a white-glove sale which invigorated the market in 2009, the landmark Evill/Frost Collection, the most prestigious collection of 20th Century British art ever to come for sale, as well as 2014’s Lowry: The A.J. Thompson Collection, the greatest collection assembled in recent history of Britain’s favourite artist, and Daughter of History: Mary Soames and the Legacy of Churchill, which included the most important and personal group of paintings by Churchill ever to come to the market.

The artists and periods we handle range from ground-breaking Edwardians such as Augustus John and William Nicholson, to Modernist and Surrealist works made between the World Wars, through Neo-Romanticism to the realism and abstraction of the 1950s, the birth of Pop Art and right up to those working in the present day.

We hold our Modern & Post- War British Art sales in June and November and our Made in Britain auctions, which focus on British talent across the disciplines of fine art, prints, sculpture, photography, design and studio ceramics, in April and September.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Modern & Post-War British Art sales, please click here.
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 6424

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Senior Director, Head of Department, Modern & Post-War British Art
+44 20 7293 5575
Senior Director, Senior Specialist, Modern & Post-War British Art
+44 207 293 5381
Deputy Director, Specialist, Modern & Post-War British Art
+44 207 293 5560
Deputy Director, Specialist, Modern & Post-War British Art
+44 207 293 5268

Sotheby’s continued to showcase the very best in 20th century British art in 2016, both through record breaking results in our quarterly various owner auctions and also through our landmark single owner sales.

A standout of the year was the historic Bowie/Collector auction, which revealed for the first time Bowie’s little known and very private passion for art and collecting. The auction truly captured the imagination of the public – with over 55,500 visitors attending the worldwide pre-sale exhibitions. The three sales were 100% sold, totalling was £32.9m / $41.1m, well above the pre-sale estimate of £9.8-14.3m and 34 new auction records were set for British artists- including Frank Auerbach, Harold Gilman, Peter Lanyon and David Jones.

The Modern & Post-War British Art department leads the way in promoting British creativity and ingenuity, particularly through our legacy of offering the most important single-owner collections in this field. Highlights have included: A Life in Pictures: The Collection of Lord and Lady Attenborough, a white-glove sale which invigorated the market in 2009, the landmark Evill/Frost Collection, the most prestigious collection of 20th Century British art ever to come for sale, as well as 2014’s Lowry: The A.J. Thompson Collection, the greatest collection assembled in recent history of Britain’s favourite artist, and Daughter of History: Mary Soames and the Legacy of Churchill, which included the most important and personal group of paintings by Churchill ever to come to the market.

The artists and periods we handle range from ground-breaking Edwardians such as Augustus John and William Nicholson, to Modernist and Surrealist works made between the World Wars, through Neo-Romanticism to the realism and abstraction of the 1950s, the birth of Pop Art and right up to those working in the present day.

We hold our Modern & Post- War British Art sales in June and November and our Made in Britain auctions, which focus on British talent across the disciplines of fine art, prints, sculpture, photography, design and studio ceramics, in April and September.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Modern & Post-War British Art sales, please click here.
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 6424