Photographer's Note

The bronze statue being created by sculptor Peter Hodgkinson has been created to sit at the bar of Sam's Chop House to mark the 35th anniversary of the painter's death.

It arrived at the pub off Cross Street after
Pub owner Roger Ward, who commissioned the work, said Lowry was a regular at Sam's when he worked nearby.

The statue, which weighs 300kg, was moved into place and now has pride of place where Lowry stood as a customer.

Mr Ward said: "Lowry was a regular at Sam's for many years as his day job as a rent collector was based just around the corner at the Pall Mall Property Company.

"We have a history of supporting art projects at the Chop House, turning our public house into something a bit like an art house.

"I like the idea of making art accessible for everybody, having fun with it, and of encouraging local artists."

The idea for the sculpture, made by Preston-born Peter Hodgkinson, was inspired by a drawing by Salford artist Harold Riley of the pair having a Christmas lunch at the pub in the 1970s.

Lowry became famous for his scenes of daily life framed by the architecture of industrial northern England in the early part of the 20th Century.

Many of his paintings depicted the Salford area, where he lived and worked for more than 40 years. He died in 1976 at the age of 88.

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