Lowry carefully observed the relationships of those whose houses he visited in the course of collecting rents, but only rarely did he transfer these images to paper or canvas.

Discord, is one of these unusual scenes. Here the isolation, so typical of Lowry's crowds, is depicted within the confines of a room. The large and detailed figures are the epitome of the loneliness that Lowry himself felt. 'My whole happiness and unhappiness were that my view was like nobody else's. Had it been like, I should not have been lonely; but had I not been lonely, I should not have seen what I did.'

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