LAWRENCE Stephen Lowry was born in Stretford, Lancashire in 1887 and is famed for his scenes of industrial areas of the north west.
As well his famous ‘matchstick’ figures he also painted unpopulated landscapes, brooding portraits and unpublished erotic works which were only found after his death.
A large collection of his work is on display in a purpose-built gallery at Salford Quays which bears his name.
Lowry rejected five honours during his lifetime, including a knighthood in 1968. He made produced 9,000 paintings and drawings during his life.
He died of pneumonia in Glossop, Derbyshire in 1976, aged 88.