The exhibition - Adolphe Valette: A Pioneer of Impressionism in Manchester - Adolphe Valette: A Pioneer of Impressionism is on at the Lowry until Jan 29 and well worth a trip. It is inevitable that the exhibition is used as a vehicle to display Lowry's work but I found the juxtaposition of work by Lowry and Valette (One of his teachers) fascinating. It served to emphasize the style that Lowry adopted early on and was particularly noticeable in the drawings of 'Antiques' that were on display. I found it difficult to believe that Valette's drawings were done using charcoal.
Adolphe Valette Manchester Ship Canal