Tuesday, 16 July 2013

1952 - The Mid-Day Studios

The Mid-Day Studios 1952
Oil on Board
14 x 25.3 cm
Manchester City Galleries
The painting is a small sketch of the Mid-Day Studios. This was a privately-run gallery located in a basement opposite Manchester Art Gallery on Mosley Street which made a considerable difference to local artists and to the cultural life of Manchester for five years after the Second World War, the gallery eventually closed in 1951.
Lowry had his first one-man show in Manchester there in 1948. The owner of the Gallery was Margo Ingham. The painting presents local people viewing the artworks in the gallery, there are various chairs littering the space and a dog in the foreground to the left.

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