L S Lowry - Man holding a pole


Original pencil drawing on buff paper, 1919, signed by the artist with initials, dated to right of initials and again top right, and inscribed (right centre) “av”

Size: 367 x 145 mms


Private collection, Salford;

2018 Bentleys Fine Art Auction

Grove Fine Art, Manchester (bears label to the reverse of the frame

Authenticity: This work is accompanied by a signed statement by Martin Summers, former Managing Director of the Lefevre Gallery, London, confirming authenticity. There is also, verso, a photograph of Martin Summers holding another drawing printed “Provenance Martin Summers ex Managing Director of the Leferve Gallery, London, L S Lowry agent 1967 - 2002, the dealership that held Lowry’s first one-man show in London and continued to represented the artist until his death.”. In addition too this, prior to the sale, George Aird, Lowry's Manchester Agent and long term friend, had seen and personally authenticated the collection. Ivan Aird, son of George Aird, the recognised and respected Lowry expert, had assisted the owner with authenticating the collection and bringing them to the market.

Note: This drawing, and 19 others from the same collection, were illustrated in an article in the Antiques Trade Gazette in 2018. These early works dated from 1911-19 apart from one which was from the 1920s.  All depicted academic subjects, such as refined classical nudes and studies of bust heads which contrasted with his later ‘matchstick men’ paintings of northern industrial landscapes. One of the other drawings in the group bore written notes, presumed be from Lowry’s tutor, the French Impressionist Pierre Adolfe Vallette (1876 - 1942). It may be a dedication to this Tutor that the letters on our drawing refer to.