Lot 47

Lowndes, Alan 1921-1978 British AR, Tight Rope Walker


Lowndes, Alan 1921-1978 British AR, Tight Rope Walker. 24 x 30 ins., (61 x 76 cms.), Oil on Canvas, Signed, Dated 1961 and Titled verso. Provenance: Willis Hall sale of painting at Christies 1995, Exhibition of Alan Lowndes paintings 1948-1972 at the Crane Kalman Gallery, 1972. Alan was embedded with the Belle Vue Circus in Manchester in 1959 for six months. He made many sketches while he was there mostly in ink wash. Tight Rope Walker was one of the earliest and rarest of his circus paintings for reasons explained below. He completed several oil paintings in his Manchester studio in King Street, but disaster struck. Alan was a serious smoker and drinker, there is no doubt that after a painting session in his studio he must have dropped a cigarette end while still alight. Any art studio has many combustible items, his had more than most. As a result his studio caught fire and he lost several of his Circus paintings. There is a very grainy press photograph of Alan holding one of his damaged paintings. The article in the local press stated, "Artist Alan Lowndes holds his fire blistered oil painting for attractive next door neighbour, 'Maureen Scopes' to examine. Blaze wrecks paintings." At least he gained good publicity for himself. He also had the good fortune to be offered temporary studio accommodation in a pub nearly opposite the Granada TV studios. Landlord Arthur Gosling liked art and hung paintings around the pub several of which were by Alan enabling journalists and producers to see his work. Michael Parkinson for instance bought some of his paintings. Alan's long association with show business people and writers was always an important factor in his life. For further information read pages 94-98, "Alan Lowndes", biography by Jonathan Riley, published 2010

Auction Date: February 2020


£8000 - £12000

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