John Paddy Carstairs (1910-1970)

Lawrence Isherwood was an English artist, born in Wigan, Lancashire, where he ran the Isherwood gallery.   He is widely known for his prolific impressionist/expressionist styles.  Isherwood travelled extensively and had over 200 shows, including colleges at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

Isherwood was an eccentric, controversial character whose work was uneven , often garish and awkward, but who could occasionally produce a telling image, as seen when a large body of it was included in the Northern art show at the Mall Galleries.

Isherwood was a friend of the artist L. S. Lowry, who purchased his Woman with Black Cat and displayed it at his home. Lowry paid £5 for the picture from Isherwood’s Av Guard exhibition in Manchester.  Other known collectors include Prince Charles, who bought one of Isherwood’s seascapes from a sale held at Cambridge University.

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