Mottram's most famous resident LS Lowry tops the poll to become the new face of the £20 note, claiming 21 per cent of the vote finishing just ahead of John Constable.
The Affordable Art Fair, a London art dealer, commissioned the poll of more than 1,000 people following the Bank of England's announcement that a deceased figure from the visual arts would replace Scots economist Adam Smith on the new £20 note.
The Stretford-born artist L.S. Lowry lived in Mottram from 1948 until his death in 1976. A bronze statue of him seated on a bench is located next to the junction of Hyde Road and Stalybridge Road, and there is a commemorative plaque on his former home, "The Elms" on Stalybridge Road.
Lowry was born in 1887, his matchstalk men paintings now fetch very high prices and in 2011 his 1949 work “The Football Match” sold for £5.6 million at Christie’s, London, the previous record was £3.8 million for “Good Friday, Daisy Nook”. Lowry’s Northern School of artists included Hyde’s Harry Rutherford.
Heritage exucutive for Tameside Council Jackie lane said:
“LS Lowry was a great chronicler of northern life and I’m not surprised he topped the poll. I hope the Bank of England will take notice and feature him on the new note.” Tameside Council has a blue plaque on Lowry’s Mottram home, and in 2007 unveiled a statue near by.