FAQs about LS Lowry and his work
Do I have a Lowry?
LS Lowry was a prolific artist and it is always possible that you may come across an original work by him, but it is wise to be cautious. As well as painting many works on canvas or board, he drew throughout his life. His drawings range from scribbled sketches on the back of envelopes, and doodles on hotel napkins, to highly finished works for exhibition. During his lifetime, Lowry gave works to friends and collectors as well as selling them through his dealers. In addition, in the 1960s and 1970s Lowry signed many commercially produced prints which were often issued in editions of 850. These have also become collectable.
The Lowry does not provide an authentication service or valuations for paintings or drawings attributed to LS Lowry. This information can be obtained from auction houses or fine art galleries which deal regularly in the artist’s work.
This list below provides details for some of the principal auction houses and commercial galleries who have significant experience of dealing in works by LS Lowry. Many of the auction houses have regional representatives, sales rooms or offices.
Disclaimer: The Lowry Centre Trust cannot accept any responsibility for any action taken, or not taken, on the basis of the information provided in this list. The Lowry Centre Trust shall not be liable to any person for any loss or damage which may arise from the use of any of the information contained in this list.
How can I find out more about LS Lowry and his work?
If you would like to find out more, the following publications may be useful:
Lowry’s City: A Painter and his Locale, Judith Sandling and Mike Leber, Lowry Press, 2000
Lowry: A Visionary Artist, Michael Howard, Lowry Press, 2000
Painting a Lowry: Coming from the Mill – A Reconstruction by Edwin Bowes, Lowry Press, 2002
LS Lowry: The Art and the Artist, TG Rosenthal, Unicorn Press, 2010
LS Lowry, Michael Leber and Judith Sandling, Phaidon, 1997
LS Lowry: A Biography, Shelley Rohde, Lowry Press, 1999 [out of print]
Which Lowry works do you currently have on display?
Our Lowry Favourites exhibition is ongoing and brings together a selection of works from the Lowry Collection, which includes over 400 paintings and drawings, alongside important loans from public and private collections around the UK. Our displays change regularly. If you want to see a particular work, please contact the gallery directly to confirm whether it will be on display on the date you are planning to visit.
Where can I buy Lowry prints?
We have an extensive collection of Lowry prints for sale in our shop. We also have many other Lowry items including homeware and books.
How can I find out more about a particular picture?
The Lowry can provide information about works by LS Lowry, including paintings which are not in The Lowry Collection. However, we receive an enormous number of general enquiries about the artist and although we try to answer all of these, there are times when there may be a considerable delay in responding due to work commitments on other projects. If you are trying to identify the title or subject matter of a picture it is extremely useful if you can include an image of the work you have in mind when you get in touch.