‘LS Lowry provides our most vivid visual memory of industrial Britain’ | I. Jack- The Guardian

‘LS Lowry provides our most vivid visual memory of industrial Britain’ | I. Jack- The Guardian

The catalogue to the magnificent Lowry exhibition that opened this week at Tate Britain takes a passage from his biography in which the artist remembered how in the years just before the first world war he would walk most Saturday nights to Bolton from his home in Pendlebury, just north of Manchester: a trudge of six miles past mills, collieries and canals and for no other reason than it excited him. “That’s how my obsession with the industrial scene started,” Lowry said. “Saturday nights walking the road to Bolton, and hearing the thump, thump of the machine at Kearsley Colliery. And coming back in the dark: thinking and thinking of the mystery of it all.”

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