Is it Laurence or Lawrence? How ever his first name was spelt, I have blogged about L.S.Lowry before - here and here. A week ago, before I reached my aunt's funeral in north Manchester, I tarried for a while in Mottram in Longdendale. It was in this overgrown village on the edge of the Pennines that Lowry lived out the last twenty eight years of his long life, still painting and still being an awkward so and so - loving humanity and yet hating it at the same time. He could never really fit in.
This was his house - "The Elms" on Stalybridge Road. When the new owners moved in a couple of years ago they peeled back the carpet and found Lowry's paint splattered all over the floorboards of the front room:-