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Creator:
L. S. Lowry, 1887–1976, British
Title:

The Market Place

Date:
1952
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
20 × 24 inches (50.8 × 61 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Inscribed on verso, canvas, center, aligned vertically top to bottom, Winsor & Newton canvas stamp in black ink: "NATIONAL CANVAS | No. 1 | Prepared by | WINSOR & NEWTON LTD. | LONDON – ENGLAND" [Note: National Canvas No.1 is one of two wartime canvases produced by W&N. It continued to be available for some time after the end of the Second World War.]; Inscribed in pencil on top of right stretcher bar: "7802"; nscribed in pencil on left end of lower stretcher bar: "7802"; inscribed in pencil, left stretcher bar, brown paper tape adhered to the framing tape: "Reid + Lefevre = CHICAGO"

Signed in black paint, lower left: "LS Lowry 1952"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Gift of Nicholas Pritzker
Copyright Status:
© The Estate of L.S. Lowry. All Rights Reserved, DACS / ARS 2015
Accession Number:
B2012.31.13
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
crowd | genre subject | market (event)
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:63990
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Over the course of the twentieth century, L. S. Lowry came to be hailed as the principal twentieth-century painter of the British industrial landscape. His scenes of factory workers in the manufacturing cities of northern England became iconic of Britain’s proud but declining industrial economy. The Market Place is one of his finest townscapes and its first owner, the British born collector Rhoda Pritzker, considered it one of the most prized paintings in her collection in Chicago. Her father, however, was less impressed, and she recalled being amused by his reaction to the painting. On hearing that the purchase price was £100, he replied, “Oh luv, you’ve been had.”

Gallery label for A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)



Over the course of the twentieth century, L. S. Lowry came to be hailed as the principal twentieth-century painter of the British industrial landscape. His scenes of factory workers in the manufacturing cities of northern England became iconic of Britain’s proud but declining industrial economy. The Market Place is one of his finest townscapes and its first owner, the British born collector Rhoda Pritzker, considered it one of the most prized paintings in her collection in Chicago. Her father, however, was less impressed, and she recalled being amused by his reaction to the painting. On hearing that the purchase price was £100, he replied, “Oh luv, you’ve been had.”

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Modernism and Memory - Rhoda Pritzker and the Art of Collecting (Yale Center for British Art, 2016-03-30 - 2016-08-21) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Ian Collins, Modernism and memory : Rhoda Pritzker and the art of collecting, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2016, pp. 18, 39, 54, 61, 77, 78, 109, 201, color detail [p. 18], fig. 43, 207 fig., N6768 .M635 2016 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]


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