L.S. Lowry (1887-1976). Taking inspiration from industrial Northern England where he lived, most of his work is of urban scenes.The stylised figures in his paintings are often referred to as 'matchstick men'. His mother was dominating and prone to depression. Lowry had to look after her after his father's death. He was appointed an official war artist and official artist at the coronation of Elizabeth II. He was a private man who never married. After his death a series of pornographic works were found.