Seaham Harbour by L S Lowry Signed Original Drawing
Signed original L S Lowry drawing of Seaham Harbour in Durham dating from 1964.
Lowry started visiting the North East in the mid 1930s and carried on until his death in 1976, aged 88. Indeed, from 1960, he stayed every year in the Seaburn Hotel (now the Grand) on Sunderland’s seafront, preferring Room 104, if possible.
He explained the attraction of the North East when he wrote: ‘I am very fond of the sea, how wonderful it is and yet how terrible it is. I often think about what would happen if the sea changed it’s mind and didn’t turn the tide and it came on and on. That would be the end of it all’.
Lowry’s agent in the North East was The Stone Gallery in Newcastle where he exhibited alongside other regional and leading British artists including in 1964. Fellow artist and friend Norman Cornish sketched his friend in 1964 when he exhibited on Tyneside to appear alongside the review in the Advertiser’s sister paper, the Northern Echo.
Provenance: Sketched by Lowry in 1964 whilst being driven by Simon Marshall, director of the Stone Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne and sold later that year by the gallery.
Beautifully framed in a 22ct gold leaf frame and complementary linen mount and museum glass.