Lowry Painting of Glasgow Docks unveiled at city museum

22 Dec 2005

Lowry painting of Glasgow Docks unveiled at city museum

An outstanding painting of Glasgow's docks just after the Second World War by LS Lowry - Cranes and Ships, Glasgow Docks - acquired for the city's collection at auction in London last month, will go on display at the Museum of Transport on 22 December.

DescGlasgow City Council and partners the National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund) and Glasgow businessman Willie Haughey, the Executive Chairman of City Refrigeration Holdings, acquired the 1947 painting at Christie's on 18 November for the hammer price of £198,400.

The Art Fund, the UK's largest independent art charity, gave a grant of £20,000.

The painting will be on display at the Museum of Transport before eventually hanging at the new Riverside Museum, sited where the rivers Clyde and Kelvin meet.

The scene in the painting is of the Prince's Dock, across from the site of the new museum, due to open at the end of 2008.

Councillor Steven Purcell, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "The Clyde was obviously a tremendous figure in Glasgow's past and is now set to be key to the city's future with the redevelopment now taking place on the river.  I would once again like to pay tribute to the very significant part played by Willie Haughey in the acquisition of this painting, a work that underlines the role the river plays in the city."

Willie Haughey, the Executive Chairman of City Refrigeration Holdings, said: "I was very pleased to have been able to help the city acquire this painting by one of Britain's favourite artists, and I am delighted to now see it hang in the Museum of Transport."

David Barrie, Director, National Art Collections Fund, said: "This painting will give visitors to the new Riverside Museum a vivid reminder of the changes which the Glasgow Docks have seen over the last 60 years. It could not have found a more fitting home and we are delighted to have helped the city acquire it."

An image of the painting is available on request.


Notes to editors

Cranes and Ships, Glasgow Docks joins a small but highly significant collection of works by Lowry in Glasgow's civic collection spanning the decade 1940-50. V.E. Day, Seascape, A Village Square, and River Scene represent many of Lowry's most frequently depicted subjects; the former two works are commonly thought to be amongst the best he produced.

Before the acquisition of Cranes and Ships, Glasgow Docks, none of Lowry's works currently in Glasgow's collection represent his activities in Scotland.  The painting will relate directly to the maritime and transport collections that will be on show at the Riverside Museum, including one of the largest collections of ship models in Britain and many other pieces relating to ships that were built or sailed on the Clyde.

The National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund) is the UK's leading art charity, with 80,000 members.  Since its foundation in 1903, the Art Fund has helped UK public collections acquire over 850,000 works of art.  In 2004 the Art Fund offered £4.3million to museums and galleries and distributed 11 gifts and bequests.  More information is available from the charity's website at www.artfund.org.