L.S. Lowry (British, 1887-1976) attributed: Tramp, Sunderland , graphite on paper adhered to carton board, signed and dated 1959 bottom left, titled upper right, with additional writing on bottom right, with unidentified, possibly unrelated writing and label verso, unframed.
Recognized as one of Britain's most acclaimed artists, Lawrence Stephen (L.S.) Lowry catapulted to fame after scholars and the public alike recognized his ability to capture the changing era through his "industrial scenes". Lowry's work is a composite of past and present, of a life gone or lived, or even before that. When asked why he depicts his subjects in old-fashioned garb, Lowry responded, "That's because my real period was the Depression age of the twenties and thirties. My interest in people is rooted there. I like the shape of the caps. I like the working-class bowler hats, the big boots and shawls"; however, scholars have noted that Lowry was merely appeasing the interviewer, as bowler hats were only worn by the working class pre-1920. Lowry's time, therefore, was the period before the Great War, a past that he sought to recapture as the nation forgot.
6 3/4 x 9 3/4" paper
Private collector, Illinois; Private collection, England.