The Encounter 1961
Oil on Canvas
28 x 23 cm
Sold [July 2009] for £79,200 including premium
Signed and Dated 'L.S.Lowry 1961' (lower right)
with The Stone Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
Anonymous sale; Phillip's, London, 7 March 2000, lot 35 (£42,000)
Please note that this lot has also been offered at Sotheby's on 10th November 1976 (Lot 99), where it was bought by the Stone Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Private Collection, U.K.
The present work predates and relates to Lowry's The Interrogation of 1962 (see Mervyn Levy, The Paintings of L.S.Lowry, Jupiter Books, London, 1975, no.73), which shows a woman scolding a small boy for breaking a pane of glass. As this happens, another boy, who is the real culprit, laughs to himself behind the woman's back. His sister is ashamed of him for not telling the truth and hangs her head.The Encounter is identical in composition bar the girl's brother who is not present.