If you were able to catch the iconic Station Approach whilst it was on loan at The Lowry galleries last week you were extremely lucky! L.S.Lowry’s Station Approach sold at Sotheby’s yesterday for an impressive £2.3 million meeting high-value expectations. Frances Christie, Sotheby’s Head of Modern & Post-War British Art Department comments, “Station Approach, Manchester is one of Lowry’s most exciting works to emerge onto the market in recent years.”
Station Approach, Manchester, was painted in 1960 and depicts the scene outside the London and North Western Railway Exchange Station. Built in 1884 and closed in 1969, the Victorian front of the station had already been taken down by the time Lowry painted the work. The station, which lay close to Manchester Cathedral, has since been fully demolished and the station approach is now a car park.
First exhibited in 1961 at the Lefevre gallery London the painting has been an elusive treasure ever since, making very few public appearances. The Lowry gallery was honored to have such a prestigious work on loan and the painting attracted a lot of attention. The painting featured alongside our on-going Lowry Favourites exhibition which is a permanent display of the best of our LS Lowry collection. Christie’s commented “Lowry was a master at portraying the energy and vitality of everyday life and in Station Approach, Manchester he captures the hustle and bustle of the crowds heading home after a hard day’s work.”
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