Lowry’s ‘Tanker entering the Tyne’ sketch sells for £13,000

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A pencil drawing of part of the Tyne’s history by famous artist LS Lowry has sold for £13,000 at auction.

The small drawing, titled “Tanker entering the Tyne”, went under the hammer at leading Shropshire fine art auction house Halls.

The buyer was a Shropshire art collector who held off strong competition to secure the work, which featured in an exhibition titled “L.S. Lowry in the North East” in 1989 at the Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery.

“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,” said James Forster, Halls’ picture specialist. “I am delighted with the price, which exceeded my expectations,”

LS Lowry (1887-1976) is famous for painting scenes of industrial northern England in the mid-20th century, with his distinctive stylised human figures often referred to as “matchstick men”.