A 1937 oil painting by LS Lowry which he made while on holiday in Scotland will be offered at Bonhams next sale of Modern British and Irish art in London on November 20.
The 17 x 21in (43 x 53cm) signed oil on canvas is entitled
Steps at Wick and has been estimated at
It depicts the steps of the coastal town in the Scottish
highlands which connects the residential area to the harbour
The town of Wick straddles the river Wick and extends along both
sides of Wick Bay. It was Europe's largest herring port up until
the early 20th Century. The steps were part of Thomas Telford's
1809 scheme for the new town plan although work was not begun until
Their local name is The Black Stairs and an engraved plaque can
be found at the site of the steps in Wick commemorating the spot
where Lowry made his painting.
While Salford-based Lowry is very much associated with
industrial scenes of the North of England, his pictures of Scottish
locations are much rare and mostly date from the 1930s when he used
to holiday there regularly.
He also produced a work entitled The Turnpike showing a
two-storey building in the Fisherbiggins area of Thurso, another
coastal town in the Highlands.
The picture has been much exhibited over the years including at
the Crane Kalman Gallery in 1975 and at the Royal Academy in 1976
(a show which broke all previous RAattendance records). It does not
feature however at the current blockbuster exhibition at Tate
Britain in London.
This is the first time in 20 years that it has come on the
- Meanwhile, a new book on Lowry has been published by the
Unicorn Press. T. G. Rosenthal's LS Lowry, the Art and the
Artist has been billed as 'the perfect introduction to the
work of this major painter of Britain's 20th-century'. ISBN