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Painting of prime minister David Lloyd-George’s birthplace to go on display at the Lowry!

17 May 2021Visit website

Photo Credit: Ben Blackall
An LS Lowry painting of former prime minister David Lloyd-George’s birthplace will be going on display at the Lowry after being acquired for the nation. Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1976) was an artist who spent much of his life in Salford and whose work is strongly associated with the city. This wonderful and important painting was acquired through the government’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme. This scheme allows those with significant inheritance tax liabilities to pay the tax by transferring important cultural, scientific or historic objects to the nation. This magnificent piece of work, which is a large oil on canvas dated 1958, was accepted in lieu of a massive 262,500 pounds. 

Julia Fawcett OBE, chief executive of The Lowry, said: “We are delighted to welcome this historic addition to our collection. Lowry often recorded the ebb and flow of people’s daily lives - and the striking absence of any living soul in this work is an unsettling reminder of what we have all experienced over the last year. We can’t wait to share it with the public when our galleries re-open in May.”

This painting will now take pride of place in The Lowry’s permanent LS Lowry: The Art & The Artist exhibition. The gallery, located in Salford, is currently closed due to lockdown restrictions; however, it will be reopening on the 17th of May. In the meantime, check out their website to find out about their upcoming talks, tours and exhibitions, and re-engage with your creative side once again.