L.S Lowry is famous for his paintings of industrial landscapes of the North of England, peopled with human figures known as matchstick men. His stylized pictures of coalmines, factories and terraced houses were mostly painted around Pendlebury and Salford, near Manchester.

L.S Lowry was born in Stretford, Lancashire, in 1887. In interviews conducted later in his life, Lowry maintained that his childhood had been unhappy, growing up in a repressive family atmosphere.

He began to draw at the age of 8 and at 15 he began attending private painting classes. On leaving school in 1904, L.S Lowry began work in Manchester as a clerk with a firm of chartered accountants. He studied painting and drawing in the evenings at the Municipal College of Art (1905-15) and at Salford School of Art (1915-25). In 1910, L.S Lowry became a rent collector and clerk with the Pall Mall Property Company in Manchester. He remained a full-time employee until his retirement in 1952.

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