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An Accident

© The Estate of L.S. Lowry. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2022. Photo credit: Manchester Art Gallery

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A scene inspired by an incident in Pendlebury, Manchester, where a woman committed suicide by drowning. Seen against a backdrop of terraced houses, civic and industrial buildings, which are arranged across the background of the composition rather like a stage set against which the activity happens, a large crowd of people have gathered. In the foreground is an expanse of open space dotted with numerous figures coming from all directions to congregate at the lower right-hand corner of the scene, crowding around the victim of 'the accident'. Figures can also been seen populating the strangely large spaces between the background buildings. The more distant buildings appear hazy, probably caused by the volumes of smoke pouring from the industrial chimneys within the scene.

Manchester Art Gallery





oil on panel


H 36.3 x W 61 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased from the Six Manchester Art Clubs Exhibition, 1930

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Inscription description

Signed and dated at left bottom edge: L.S.LOWRY 1926


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