Two letters up for auction in London tomorrow night suggest that the painter LS Lowry may not have always been Manchester’s greatest fan.

The two from Lowry, both on “The Elms” headed notepaper, his Mottram in Longendale home and dated 19 October 1962, give some new insights into the artist.

The first is addressed to the noted art critic, Mervyn Levy, author of ‘The Paintings of L.S. Lowry’ and ‘The Drawings of L.S. Lowry’, and confirms that Lowry has written a letter to Cecil King, publisher of the Studio magazine, and Levy’s employer as the magazine’s Features Editor.

The second letter is the aforementioned letter to King which speaks of Levy’s work in glowing terms but mentions that “After about 10 days in London, Manchester seems like a place of the dead – quite deserted in comparison”.


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