James Lawrence Isherwood – Southport Lake (Sold)


James Lawrence Isherwood – Southport Lake

Original oil painting on board

From the Stephen Eckersley Estate

Titled – Southport Lake

12″ x 10″ Inches (Framed Size 17 x 15″ Inches)


James Lawrence Isherwood (1917 – 1989). Born in 1917 into a working class family in Wigan, James Lawrence Isherwood’s family were cobblers. He worked in the shop until released by his father’s death in the 1950s.
Isherwood once tried to pay a motoring fine with a painting, but Stockport magistrates refused to accept it. The Clerk of the Court paid the fine and kept the painting.

Prince Charles, Now King Charles III is among the important collectors of Isherwood’s work, having acquired his paintings whilst studying at Cambridge university in the late 60’s

He was known locally as ‘the eccentric artist’, and many of his Impressionist-style works were painted under the influence of alcohol.
L.S. Lowry once bought one of Isherwood’s portraits, paying £5 for the work entitled ‘Minnie Small with cat’.
Isherwood died in 1989 from cancer, leaving behind him an incredible body of work.

Although Isherwood’s work barely sold during his lifetime. His paintings of Wigan life as well as scenes of Scotland. Wales and Spain now sell very well. He was so keen for people to like his work that he’d often let it go for whatever customers could afford to pay. Subsequently trying to trade it for oil paints or other materials. His work didn’t become commercially successful until after his death, when his sister-in-law and former agent organised exhibitions, however his paintings are now widely collected and very popular.

There are various examples of Isherwood’s work in public collections. 

James Lawrence Isherwood – Southport Lake

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