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Friday, 24th May 2019

Lowry 'Drogeda' drawing expected to fetch up to €20k at auction

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The drawing of 'Drogeda' by LS Lowry which  is expected to make €15,000 to €20,000 at auction next week.

“Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs" artist's only known drawing of 'Drogeda'

He may have misspelt the name but a drawing titled 'Drogeda' showing the River Boyne and the Viaduct with Donors Green in the foreground by the famous Northern English artist LS Lowry is expected to fetch €15,000 - €20,000 at an auction in Dublin next week.

He’s the darling of working class people in Norther England and famous for the “Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs" figures in his pictures many of which depicted crowd scenes in northern towns and hill workers.

Lowry had relatives in Ireland and made several visits from the mid-fifties onwards. His last visit was in 1970 which is when he visited Drogheda and made the drawing which he signed with his initials although he misspelt the name of the town “Drogeda”.

The rare drawing, which hasbeen on display at the Highlanes Gallery for the past five years, is for auction at Whyte's in Molesworth Street, Dublin on Monday next, 27 May.

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The auction will include works by other important artists including George Barret, William Leech, Sir John Lavery, William Orpen, George Russell ("AE"), Jack Yeats, Paul Henry, Lilian Lucy Davidson, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig, Laurence Stephen Lowry, Colin Middleton, Nevill Johnson, Louis le Brocquy, Basil Blackshaw, Hughie O'Donoghue and many more.

For more information seewhytes.ie 

The misspelt title of the painting "Drogeda".

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