Tynemouth sketch by L S Lowry set to to fetch £20,000

A pencil sketch of Tynemouth by artist L S Lowry is set to fetch £20,000 at auction

L S Lowry’s deceptively simple pencil sketch of Tynemouth which is set to fetch around £20,000 when it is sold at auction in North Yorkshire

Artist L S Lowry painted and sketched his way through holidays spent on the North East coast years before he became famous.

Lowry, who lived in Cheshire, spent holidays at Berwick in Northumberland and for 15 years also visited the Seaburn Hotel on the coast at Sunderland for breaks.

Today, a 25cm pencil sketch of the Tynemouth skyline is expected to fetch between £15,000-£20,000 when it is sold by auctioneers Tennants in Leyburn in North Yorkshire.

Lowry carried out the sketch from the south bank of the Tyne in 1964, probably after making the short trip from Seaburn.

The sketch was bought from the Stone Gallery in St Mary’s Place in Newcastle.

The gallery, owned by Tilly and Mick Marshall, opened in 1958 and closed in 1986.

The couple befriended Lowry and in the 1960s displayed his work.

Lowry’s profile has been boosted still further by an exhibition on the artist at the Tate Modern in London, called Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life, which ran until October.

Tennants picture specialist Charlotte Carboy described the Tynemouth sketch as “quite sparing.”

She said: “Many of Lowry’s coastal and river views were very different from his industrial landscapes.

“They are very different from the industrial views with which people associate him.

“Lowry is hot property and interest in his work is stronger than ever because of the Tate exhibition.”

During his stays at Seaburn, Lowry spent a great deal of time watching the river scenes from Mill Dam in South Shields.

“He probably did the Tynemouth sketch on one of his many visits to the south bank of the Tyne,” said Shauna Gregg, keeper of art at Sunderland Museum which has a display of Lowry’s work showing scenes from the region.

They range from views around Sunderland including the sea and boats off the coast, docks and coal staiths on the Wear to the ferry and old lighthouse at Blyth and Bamburgh Castle.

Among Demolition is a pencil and ballpoint pen drawing of the demolition of buildings in Monkwearmouth in 1962.

At the time Lowry said: “I hate to see change here and in Newcastle. I hate to see old buildings closing.”

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