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Ketchup with this rare Lowry
Tuesday 2nd September 2014 @ 07:30 by Max Wieland

Two of famous Mottram artist LS Lowry’s pictures, showing views of The Thames at Greenwich – held in a private collection since the 1970s – are going on display at The Lowry in Salford, minus their tomato ketchup stains.

The drawing (1957) and oil painting (1959) relate to a much larger work by the artist, View of Deptford Power Station from Greenwich (1959), which is currently in the National Maritime Museum’s collection in London.

Having been displayed in a family home for so many years the oil painting had a light layer of surface dirt, including what the current owners feared may be two small, and very old, ketchup stains.

The painting has been cleaned specially for display at The Lowry by a professional painting conservator and neither it nor the drawing have been exhibited in public before. They are on display until December.

The free exhibition is open seven days a week from 11am until 5pm (10am on Saturdays).