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To celebrate the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary, The Lowry is exhibiting six paintings by LS Lowry from the RA Collection. Lowry turned down every state honour he was offered, including a Knighthood, but he took pride in his election to the Academy and regarded it as an important landmark in his career.
The Royal Academy was founded 250 years ago on 10 December 1768. It set out to champion British art and artists by providing training and organising exhibitions. To mark its 250th anniversary, museums and galleries across the country are celebrating the many artists and architects who are part of the Royal Academy’s story.
LS Lowry RA was famously sceptical about official honours, turning down, amongst others, an OBE and a Knighthood whereas he was proud of the honorary degrees he received from the Universities of Salford and Liverpool, and of his membership of various artist societies, in particular the Royal Academy.
In 1955 Lowry was elected an Associate Member of the RA, insisting fellow artist Bernard Fleetwood-Walker RA had taken it upon himself to select pictures for submission and sent them in on his behalf. In 1962, aged 75 and at the upper age limit for election, Lowry became a full Royal Academician. Lowry died mere months before the Academy opened their major retrospective of his work in 1976 which prompted queues down the street and over 150,000 visitors.
This display shows all the works by LS Lowry in the Royal Academy’s collection including Station Approach, the picture he donated to the collection when he was elected an Academician (his ‘Diploma picture’). The remaining paintings were all donated to the Academy’s collection later by private individuals.
Watch the video celebrating the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary along with Salford Museum & Art Gallery and Ordsall Hall made possible with Art Fund support.