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L. S. Lowry

Next tour, Lowry’s Manchester: Sunday 8 January 2017, 1.30pm from the Visitor Centre.

Spurned, snubbed and sniggered at, Laurence Stephen Lowry became Britain’s most famous and best-loved 20th century painter, whose works now sell for millions. He called himself a “simple man”, but he was the strangest of fellows.

He never left the British Isles, enjoyed no sexual relations, and made his will over to a much younger woman, whom he befriended simply because she shared his surname. Lowry’s day job was not as an artist, he was a rent collector in the slum areas of the city.

We explore the man behind the paintings, and take you through the Manchester and Salford haunts he visited and depicted.