Laurence Stephen Lowry was born on 1st November 1887, in the town of Stretford near Manchester. Lowry worked as a rent collector and attended part-time art classes. Many of his paintings depict Salford and surrounding areas, including Pendlebury where he lived and worked for over 30 years.
Lowry was a quiet man and would get upset when his critics called him an amateur painter. Success came in later life and he won many awards including being awarded an Honorary Master of Arts from the University of Manchester; Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Alford and by the University of Liverpool.
Having declined an OBE, CBE, Knighthood and Companions of Honour Lowry holds the record for the most honours declined.
Lowry is famous for painting scenes of everyday life in the industrial districts of northern England and, of course, for his re-knowned style of matchstick men and matchstick cats and dogs.
He died on the 23rd February 1976 at the age of 88 years.