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Unseen Lowry painting to go on show to the public for the first time

'A View of York (From Tang Hall Bridge)' by LS Lowry. Photo: The Lowry Estate/PA Wire

A painting by artist LS Lowry is to go on show to the public for the first time.

The previously unseen painting will be now be shown, alongside two other works by Lowry, in York Art Gallery, which is reopening after an £8 million redevelopment.

'Wilson's Terrace' by LS Lowry Credit: The Lowry Estate/PA Wire

A View of York (From Tang Hall Bridge) was bought by a private collector after it was painted in the 1950s. in !952, Lowry was commissioned by the gallery in 1952 to paint a scene of York. The artist painted three pictures during his time in the city, with his Clifford's Tower work being bought by the gallery for £50.

'Clifford's Tower, York' by LS Lowry. Credit: The Lowry Estate/PA Wire

Leading figures in York suggested to Lowry scenes which would 'blend gothic and industry' but he instead chose to depict the iconic Clifford's Tower.

This has become one of the gallery's most famous and well-loved works and if you look closely you can pick out York's industrial buildings in the background of the ancient stone tower.

Both of the oil paintings show scenes of the city which have since drastically changed. They remain true to Lowry's iconic style and will be a highlight for visitors coming to see the newly reopened gallery this summer.

– Lorna Frost, curatorial assistant at York Museums Trust

A View of York and Wilson's Terrace were both bought by private collectors. The three works of art will now be reunited for the first time, along with a sketch of Clifford's Tower.

The gallery has been redeveloped to include more space, a new artists' garden and better visitor facilities.