An iconic painting of Berwick is set to fetch between £600,000 and £800,000 when it is sold at auction at the end of the month.
‘A Market Place, Berwick-upon-Tweed’, painted by LS Lowry in 1935, is among 15 Lowry’s due to be sold by London auction house Sotheby’s on March 25.
Laurence Stephen Lowry (1887-1876) visited Berwick many times from the mid 1930s until the summer before he died. The town inspired the renowned painter to produce a fascinating group of over 30 drawings and paintings - a feat commemorated by The Berwick Lowry Trail.
Lowry’s connection with the town is due to be further celebrated at The Granary Gallery this summer, with new exhibition ‘L.S Lowry in Berwick & Northumberland’ set to run from June to September.
For the first time the exhibition will bring together in Berwick original works produced by Lowry during his time in the town. And organisers are hoping that ‘A Market Place, Berwick-upon-Tweed’ could become the Pièce de résistance. James Lowther, head of visual art at Berwick Visual Art, said: “Sotheby’s have kindly agreed to put details about our forthcoming Lowry exhibition at the Granary Gallery in the auction catalogue – and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that whoever buys the work will let us show such an iconic painting in the exhibition.”
The paintings for sale are from the late A.J Thompson’s collection, and include ‘Piccadilly Circus, London, 1960’ which has an estimate of between £4-6million. In total, the 15 pieces are expected to realise in excess of £15 million.
Frances Christie, head of modern and post war British art department at Sotheby’s, said: “It is a great honour to offer such a supreme group of paintings by L.S. Lowry.
“Thompson was a collector who truly understood Lowry’s vision and he had a real instinct to hone in on the very best examples of the artist’s work. As such there is a remarkable consistency of quality throughout the collection, which encompasses the very broad range of themes and subjects that Lowry explored so deftly.”
Sotheby’s have a pre-sale exhibition of the paintings, available to view on March 20-21 & 23-25.