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Letter: Lost world of L S Lowry

THE output of L S Lowry - and perhaps Lord Leighton also - might not be to Joan Smith's taste, but using the phrase "bad art" (25 February) is going too far. I prefer to think of Lowry as enjoying a unique style, which helped to capture a period of British life that's gone, sadly in some instances, for ever. That is why he's so popular, and why the announcement of lottery money going to an arts centre in Salford hasn't aroused the hostility that has previously arisen over similar awards.

Tim Mickleburgh

Grimsby, Lincolnshire