• Lowry, note and provenance : Three accompanying letters signed L.S. Lowry written to the purchaser in 1957

    Note: the painting was purchased direct from the artist by the vendor’s  family in 1957 and there are three letters from Lowry in that year referring to the purchaser’s interest in a painting incorporating a ‘little man’.  Copies of these letters are transcribed below, all letters are on Lowry’s headed stationery.  Copies of the original letters are available to view with Ramsay Cornish Auctioneers, the originals to be retained by the family.

    The painting was to be a present for the buyer’s son.  Provenance: from the same private collection, Laurence Stephen Lowry ‘Climbing the Stairs’, oil, sold in these rooms, 7th April 2007 for a hammer price of £58,000, this painting was also purchased direct from the artist in 1957.

    letter 1.

    1st August 1957

    Dear Mrs…

    What sort of ‘little man’ does your son want?

    Would you care to come and have a look at some sometime.

    I notice you mention Ridgeways.  Do you ever go there now as I go in pretty often nowadays when in Manchester.  It is very interesting.

    Yours sincerely

    LS Lowry

    ps I mean the Ridgeways in Mount Street

    Letter 2.

    22nd August 1957

    Dear Mrs…

    I am sorry to delay in replying to your letter due to my being in Edinburgh.

    I shall be back again on Wednesday (lunchtime Tuesday) next week until the following Thursday, when I shall go back there.

    Come and have a look at the little men anytime you like between these dates or afterwards if it would suit you better.

    I should be pleased to show them to you.  I like them myself as you surmise – you may find something you like amongst them.  At any rate I should be pleased to show them to you.

    Let me know, will you, if you are coming as I shall be back in … by Tuesday evening.

    Yours sincerely

    LS Lowry

    Letter 3

    29th August 1957

    Dear Mrs…

    Thank you for your letter.  Anytime you like after 2.30 on Saturday would suit me very well.

    Yours sincerely

    LS Lowry