Rare Lowry Painting of Cricket Match to Appear at Auction This Summer
One of Britain’s best-loved artists, L.S. Lowry turned his paintbrush to cricket on no more than a handful of occasions. When it last appeared on the market – in its auction debut – at Sotheby’s in June 1996, it set the then world record for a work by the artist at £282,000. It will now be offered as a highlight of Sotheby’s Modern & Post-War British Art Evening Sale on 18 June, with an estimate of £800,000 – 1,200,000.
L.S. Lowry, A Cricket Match, 1938, oil on board, 45.5 x 61cm (est. £800,000 – 1,200,000)
Simon Hucker, Senior Specialist, Modern & Post-War British Art at Sotheby’s, said: “This outstanding painting is in many ways a ‘classic’ Lowry – depicting the tough environment of the industrial cities of the north at the turn of the 20th century – and yet the subject of children engaged in a game of cricket makes it quite unusual. Coinciding with the staging of the Cricket World Cup in the UK, this painting presents collectors with a fantastic opportunity to acquire a rare image from Lowry’s own singular world-view.”