Rare LS Lowry sketches seen by 100,000 people thanks to Wirral businessman

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Four rare sketches of the North Wales coastline by the artist LS Lowry have been viewed by more than 100,000 people during their first year on show to the public.

The works, two entitled Rhyl Harbour (both 1925), Windmill at Amlwch (c. 1930) and Windmill in Landscape (c.1930), were brought together for the first time thanks to a donation by James G McAllister, the owner and chairman of Plas Coch Holiday Home Park, in 2013.

Although part of the collection transferred to The Lowry by Salford City Council in 2000, the drawings had not previously been displayed together as some were hidden from view on the reverse of the sketch book pages Lowry used. Plas Coch’s sponsorship has allowed the works to be redisplayed so that all the sketches can be seen by visitors.

McAllister‘s donation as part of the ‘Adopt a Lowry’ scheme enabled the Salford arts venue to prepare the works for exhibition – which were unveiled as a collection in January 2013.

Michael Simpson, director of visual art and engagement at The Lowry, said: “Lowry’s sketches of the Welsh coastline are said to have been inspired by his summer holidays as a young boy. There are just four of North Wales in our collection – and without the support of Plas Coch, we wouldn’t have been able to prepare the sketches for exhibition. As such, to protect the work, they would have remained in storage. The fact that we have been able to share them with over 100,000 people in the first year alone is just fantastic.”


(from a press release)