Laurence Stephen Lowry (1 November 1887 – 23 February 1976) was an English artist born in Barrett Street, Stretford, Lancashire. Many of his drawings and paintings depict nearby Salford and surrounding areas, including Pendlebury, where he lived and worked for over 40 years at 117 Station Road (B5231), opposite St. Mark's RC Church.
Lowry is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of Northern England during the early 20th century. He had a distinctive style of painting and is best known for urban landscapes peopled with human figures often referred to as "matchstick men". He also painted mysterious unpopulated landscapes, brooding portraits, and the secret 'marionette' works (the latter only found after his death).
But then, as we were about to give up and leave the gallery, I noticed a bin by the exit. In it were some large sheets of rolled up, slightly crumpled paper. I stopped breathing for a second, as my shaking hand reached into the bin to retrieve the treasure. Oh what a deep, deep sigh of relief we all breathed when we saw that the Lowries had been recovered! Phew! And that the was the story of the Mystery of the Missing Lowries :)
The big-black-fountain picture: