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Bust of L S Lowry

Leopold Solomon
1967

This is a bronze portrait bust of the artist L S Lowry by the sculptor Leopold Solomon.

Leopold Solomon became a friend of Lowry’s in the 1950s.  He was Principal of the Rochdale College of Art and Lowry often visited classes to look at the students work and offer advice.  This sculpture was modelled during a 90 minute sitting at the College of Art during the Christmas holidays.  Solomon had hoped to finish it during another sitting but Lowry was prevented from attending by cold weather so it was cast in bronze just as it was.   Solomon submitted the sculpture to the Royal Academy and it was included in their 1967 summer exhibition.

L S Lowry is one of Britain’s most successful artists.  He spent much of his life in Salford and many of his paintings and drawings depict its industrial and urban landscapes and people.