Laurence Stephen Lowry
Oil on board depicting Crowther Street in Stockport. Scene shows steps and railings with buildings on either side. Groups of people and individuals are standing on the street. The reverse also shows an oil painting depicting a group of people. The painting on the reverse was discovered during conservation. The painting is signed in the bottom left corner, ‘L. S. Lowry, 1930′.
This street is in the heart of Stockport’s town centre, just off Hillgate. This part of Stockport has changed considerably. Crowther Street was well known for ‘moonlit flits’ which perhaps resonated with Lowry as a rent collector. The street became very run down and was demolished as part of slum clearance. The houses on the right hand side of the street were later rebuilt in a heritage style.
Lowry was a regular visitor to Stockport and was famously photographed by Crispin Eurich at the top of the steps leading down to where the bus station is now. He also painted other Stockport scenes featuring the viaduct.