£100,000 Lowry comes to village gallery

A rare painting by iconic artist LS Lowry has been acquired by a Chorley village gallery.

The original oil is the first painting to be received from the 20th century artist by Hepplestone Fine Art Gallery in Heskin

The Retail Art Gallery of the Year 2016 took delivery of the work earlier this month and put it on immediate display.

The painting, entitled 
Entrance to Peel Park Salford, was painted in 1927 and is 
extremely poignant as 
Lowry himself was born and lived nearby.

It will be sold for around £100,000 and features Peel Park as viewed from the Royal Technical Collage where Lowry was studying at the art school, therefore making it one of his rare earlier works.

Lowry painted a handful of scenes of Peel Park, one of which of a similar composition and painted in the same year hangs in the collection of the Salford City Art Gallery.

Gallery owner Giles Hepplestone is delighted to have it in the gallery. He said: “We sourced the painting in London so are very happy to be bringing it back to it’s original birth place in the North West where hopefully it will find a new home.

“We welcome anyone to come and view the painting in the gallery.”

Kate Hesketh, of the gallery’s PR firm Rococo, said: “It’s not been sold yet. I believe people have been popping in to see it.

“Some have been those with the potential to buy it and there have been some people who just want to say they’ve been able to see an original Lowry.”

She added; “We don’t know how long it will be around for.

“We’re the only ones in the area who have been able to display one.”