Olwyn BoweyPortrait Sketch of L.S. Lowry 1963-64

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Artist
Olwyn Bowey (born 1936)
Title
Portrait Sketch of L.S. Lowry
Date 1963-64
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 914 x 711 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1964
Reference
T00662
Not on display

Catalogue entry

Olwyn Bowey b. 1936

T00662 Portrait Sketch of L. S. Lowry, 1963–64

Inscr. ‘Olwyn Bowey’ b.l.
Canvas, 36 x 28 (91.5 x 71).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist 1964.
Exh: R.A., 1964(237).

The artist wrote (30 August 1964) that she first met Lowry while she was painting Mervyn Levy in November 1963 (also exhibited at the R.A., 1964, No. 200); he was producing his book on the drawings of L. S. Lowry at that time: ‘He was such an endearing character with such a humorous face that I couldn’t resist asking him if he’d sit for a portrait. He really was most kind about this, because his visits to London are somewhat few and far between, and he sat for one Sunday afternoon at Mervyn Levy’s house in Sheen—when I painted as rapidly as I could and took the picture nearly to a conclusion. He was very patient, and mostly talked about our common background of the North of England… (read more)

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