We recently acquired this wonderful artwork for our visual collections by Manchester based artist Anthony McCarthy. It is now catalogued and details can be found in Library Search. It depicts the atmospheric space of one of the study alcoves in our Historic Reading Room. Anthony is a long-time supporter of the library and exhibited here in 2012 and 2014. He has also exhibited at The Lowry Centre and Salford’s City Art Gallery, where they also have works in their permanent collection.
His large body of work consists mostly of scenes of urban life and landmarks in Manchester, its suburbs, and Salford. Anyone familiar with these cities should not fail to find at least one of their favourite places depicted by Anthony. Given that he has worked with the L S Lowry collection of paintings and drawings for many years it is easy to see how he has been inspired.