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Home of L.S. Lowry listed

Famous painter’s home was his studio for nearly three decades.

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He painted “matchstalk men and matchstalk cats and dogs”, and now - 125 years after his birth - his final residence has been listed.

The Elms, home to renowned artist L.S. Lowry from 1948 until his death in 1976, has been awarded Grade II listed status.

Lowry used the dining room of the house, in Mottram-in-Longdendale, Greater Manchester, as his studio during the many years he spent there.

“I am a great admirer of Lowry’s works,” Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said. “And am pleased that, in granting listed status to “The Elms”, we have preserved the very location where so many of his masterpieces were painted.”

The listing was recommended by English Heritage. The organisation’s Nick Bridgland said: “L. S. Lowry was a major figure in 20th century British art and his work is found in many major collections internationally.

“His work is closely associated with ordinary life in the north of England and his house, traditional and modest, echoes the subject matter of his work.”

The Elms is the second of Lowry’s residences to be listed. His house in Swinton was listed in 1981.

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Published 3 December 2012