Tate Britain's major retrospective of the work of L.S. Lowry opens in London today, a welcome event which is largely regarded as long overdue. Here in Manchester we have long appreciated the work of this talented artist, whose subject matter was often much wider-ranging than is sometimes thought.
Lowry supported himself by working as a rent collector for Pall Mall Properties from 1912 until his retirement in 1952, painting at the weekends and in the evenings after work. Pall Mall Properties were based at Brownsfield Mill on Great Ancoats Street, which was part-owned together with the Leech family of Manchester. We have a large archive of material relating to more than four generations of the Leech family here at the Library and you can find out more about it here.