Get Well card with an original drawing by Lowry, together with Three Portraits of the Lowrys.Stock Code: 111652
NotesA "get well" card, featuring an original drawing by Lowry for his friend the sculptor Leopold "Leo" Solomon (19191976), also jokingly signed by their mutual friend and fellow artist Martin Levy as "L. S. Levy"; it is acccompanied by the Lowry Commemorative Portfolio, containing three offset lithographs, each signed by Lowry, and the bronze medallion featuring Lowry's profile cast in bronze by Leo Solomon, as issued, one of an edition of 300; together with the first edition of Levy's monograph on Lowry, The Paintings of L. S. Lowry, signed, rather unusually, by both Lowry and Levy on the title page; and an original drawing by Levy on a 1974 prospectus for the Rochdale College of Art, of which Solomon was the Principal (19531976). During Solomon's tenure as Principal of Rochdale College of Art, Lowry would visit classes and occasionally offer advice to the students. One year in the Christmas holidays, Solomon cast a bronze bust of Lowry, modelled during a 90 minute sitting at the College which was selected by the Royal Academy for inclusion in their 1967 summer exhibition.
This is an exceptional collection, encapsulating the close relationship between the sculptor Solomon, Lowry, and Levy. A hugely successful and popular principal, Solomon developed the Rochdale College from nine full-time and 90 part-time students and two part-time members of staff, to 190 full-time and 550 part-time students, and 26 staff, establishing one of the largest foundation courses outside the polytechnics. He would have passport-sized pictures of the full-time students taken at enrolment so he quickly knew them by name and sight, explaining: "Students want to be aware that a personal interest is being taken in them and their work... It is no use being a demagogue in an ivory tower when you are dealing with young, intelligent people whose future is in your hands." In April 1976, a month after Lowry's death, Solomon suffered a heart attack, and died a month later.
Together, 9 items: a) Get Well card with original drawings by Lowry and Levy: an undated printed Hallmark "Get Well" card, constructed from a folded A4 sheet; b) 1974 prospectus for the Rochdale College of Art with original drawing by Levy: Octavo. Original white card folder printed in black, with 7 printed sheets loosely inserted, as issued; c) The Paintings of L. S. Lowry (London: Jupiter Books, 1975): Quarto. Original blue morocco, title to spine gilt, blue endpapers, all edges blue; d) The Lowry Commemorative Portfolio: Portrait of The Artist's Mother; Portrait of The Artist's Father; Self-Portrait of the Artist; and Bronze Medallion of L. S. Lowry (London: Jupiter Books, 1975): 3 offset lithographs on heavy wove paper (sheet sizes: 36.7 x 27 cm). Housed in the blue leather portfolio, as issued. Together with the 5-inch diameter bronze medallion, cast by the Morris Singer Foundry Ltd, and housed in the blue leather presentation box as issued.
In excellent condition.
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