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An everyday street scene in front of a greengrocer's 'fish and fruit' shop in wartime Britain. A line of customers wait patiently for the shop to open. In the background there is an abstract, industrial scene representing houses and factories with smoking chimneys. During this time of shortages, scenes of waiting in queues were common. The shop number is the same as Lowry's house, representing one of Lowry's gestures of light humour.

Manchester Art Gallery





oil on canvas


H 43.3 x W 53.3 cm

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purchased from Mid-Day Studios, 1948

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Inscription description

artist's inscription : : blc : artist's name, date : L.S.LOWRY.1943


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