Lowry drawing of South Tyneside expected to fetch £5,000 at auction – fancy it for your wall?

The pencil drawing by LS Lowry is valued at about �5,000.
The pencil drawing by LS Lowry is valued at about �5,000.

An LS Lowry pencil drawing depicting South Tyneside industrial scenes from the mid-20th century is to go under the hammer next week.

The small drawing, titled ‘Tanker entering the Tyne’, is up for auction in Shrewsbury.

I believe it was drawn in the 1960s, which is when it has been documented that Lowry was producing a number of works depicting shipping in the Tyne

James Forster

It is expected to sell for about £5,000 when it goes under the hammer at Shropshire fine art auction house Halls, auctioneers of paintings, silver, jewellery, watches and coins.

James Forster, Halls’ picture specialist, said: “I believe it was drawn in the 1960s, which is when it has been documented that Lowry was producing a number of works depicting shipping in the Tyne. It has excellent museum provenance, having featured in an exhibition titled ‘LS Lowry in the North East’ in 1989 at the Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery.”

It will go under the hammer at a two-day auction on Wednesday and Thursday.

Lancashire artist Lowry is famous for painting scenes of industry in the north during the mid-20th century.

The public viewing of the auction lots will be from 9.30am to 7pm on Monday, 9.30am to 4.30pm on Tuesday, and on the morning of the sale, which starts at 10am.

The picture section contains 200 lots of prints, maps, watercolours, sporting art, oils and modern and contemporary works, with estimates ranging from £50 to £5,000.

The lots range from 16th century maps after Christopher Saxton, to etchings of London and an Indian contemporary work by Chhatrapati Dutta, which is valued at up to £800.

For more information about the auction, contact Halls on 01743 450700 or view the lots online at www.hallsgb.com/fine-art.