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L S Lowry: The Viaduct Stockport - Signed Print

The Viaduct Stockport
Signed Print

L S Lowry


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Lithograph, 1969
Signed Print Edition of 75
H 48cm x W 61cm

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Critical Review

Attention is focused on the impressive viaduct, a major pioneering structure of the early railway age, emblematic of urbanisation and industrialisation. A train traversing the railway is captured against columns of smoke exuding from the factories portrayed in the picture’s background. The large structure, composed of a series of arches, towers over the tiny figures, making them seem even smaller and insignificant.

The print reflects Lowry’s interest in industrial landscapes and the quotidian activities of the people that inhabited them. Captured against this backdrop, the matchstick figures blend in with the industrial environment. This dual focus on the industrial and the human is a defining characteristic of Lowry’s style of realism. Like many of Lowry’s urban landscapes, The Viaduct, Stockport centres on the northern industrial working class experience.

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