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Lady Hamilton restored and rediscovered

30 March 2016 by David Crombie

Lady Hamilton's face

Detail of Lady Hamilton’s face from the painting, after conservation.

In summer 2015 Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun’s painting Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante from the Lady Lever Art Gallery was conserved by Kristina Mandy. Kristina joined National Museums Liverpool as a paintings conservator on a six month contract from May to November 2015. She describes her work on the painting, which you can now see back on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery:

“During my contract at National Museums Liverpool I had the fantastic opportunity to conserve this beautiful portrait of Lady Hamilton from the early 1790s. Read more…

Funding award to highlight LGBT collections

4 December 2014 by Lucy

Image of man sitting in front of David Hockney painting

‘David Hockney: Early reflections’ exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery

We are delighted to announce that National Museums Liverpool has been awarded a significant grant to fund research into its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) collections in its art galleries and urban history items at the Museum of Liverpool.

The £91,863 grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund will be used to support the ‘Pride and Prejudice’ project, which we will develop with partner Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove, based within one of the UK’s most prominent LGBT communities.

‘Pride and Prejudice’ is a two-year project, that will tackle the challenges faced across the museum sector, by realising the full potential of LGBT collections to ensure that objects and stories within these collections are fully researched, sensitively interpreted and made accessible online and through display to a wide and diverse audience. Read more…

What the John Moores Painting Prize means to me

24 October 2013 by Laura


Narbi’s prize winning work: ‘Untitled Kerbstone Painting (MJK)’

As the call for entries has been extended by a week we asked 2012 prize winner Narbi Price what the John Moores Painting Prize means to him:

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Discover the Walker’s highlights

12 September 2013 by Louise

Self portrait of Rembrandt with light falling over the left side of his face

‘Self-portrait as a young man’, Rembrandt Van Rijn

The Walker Art Gallery’s audio guide provides a brilliant introduction to the gallery’s highlights.  This morning I decided to use the audio guide to find out a little bit more about 17th and 18th century art; and two paintings that I found particularly interesting were Rembrandt’s ‘Self portrait as a young man’ (c.1630) and Gainsborough’s ‘Isabella, Viscountess Molyneux, later Countess of Sefton’ (1769).  Read more…

We’re on Pinterest!

22 August 2013 by Louise

Painting of lots of small handles

‘Handles’ by Lisa Milroy

Lovers of Pinterest will be pleased to know that you can now find the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House on there! For those of you who don’t know what Pinterest is, it’s an online collection of ‘pin boards’ where you can collect and organise pictures from the web by ‘pinning’ them onto themed boards. To make this nice and easy, Pinterest provide a bookmarklet that you drag and drop onto your browser, you then click this to pin a picture to one of your boards. This ‘pin’ is a link back to where the picture has come from. This means you can find out more about the picture or search for others.  Read more…

A tale of two dinners at Walker Art Gallery

6 June 2013 by Laura

(From L to R) 'Isabella' by Millais and 'The Dinner Party' by Walsh.

(From L to R) ‘Isabella’ by Millais and ‘The Dinner Party’ by Walsh.

Did you know that ‘The Dinner Party’ (1980) by Sam Walsh was inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite painting, ‘Isabella’, (1848-49) by John Everett Millais?  Read more…

Pre-Raphaelite mini festival

30 April 2013 by Louise

A painting of people gathered around a dining table

A manifesto in paint – Millais’ Isabella

While the artworks that took their places on our gallery walls undeniably have their charms, it’s good to have some of our best Pre-Raphaelite paintings back from loan. Liverpool is blessed with a fine Pre-Raphaelite collection and tradition – we had our own Pre-Raph school – and it seems only fair to spread the wealth, as it were, and allow those who aren’t lucky enough to live here to borrow some of the highlights for a while.

Visitors to the Lady lever will no doubt have missed that perennial favourite, Holman Hunt’s The Scapegoat. The Walker, despite its positive embarassment of Pre-Raphaelite treasures, is definitely the richer for the return of Millais’ Isabella; a painted manifesto of the aims of the Brotherhood itself.

The return of these and other gems makes it a perfect time to visit our three galleries, and not least because we’re running something of a mini Pre-Raph festival to celebrate. Whether you’re relatively new to the genre, or know your Williamson from your Rossetti, there’s a gallery talk or tour for you, covering everything from an introduction to the Brotherhood to the crafting of a replica frame for The Scapegoat. Along with the forthcoming Edward Burne-Jones exhibition, and our extensive collection, there’s a lot to see. Read more…

Dickens’s model daughter

9 April 2013 by Sam

painting of a man in uniform comforting a woman

‘The Black Brunswickers’ by Millais

So you’ve heard of the author Charles Dickens – of course! But did you know that there is another famous member of the Dickens family? Charles’s daughter Kate was the model for the well known painting ‘The Black Brunswickers’ at the Lady Lever Art Gallery.

The painting depicts an imaginary scene in which a woman says goodbye to a soldier as he leaves for battle. It’s a painting full of emotion, the woman seems to be holding the door closed to stop her man from going. Or was she secretly looking forward to some ‘me time’ after he left so that she could settle down to read the latest Dickens novel…
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Book sale bargains

3 January 2013 by Karen

A brightly coloured teaset

A divine Clarice Cliff ‘tea for two’ set from Age of Jazz.

As January is synonymous with sales and spring cleaning we thought we’d kill two birds with one stone and have a bit of a clear out in our book warehouse. So if you fancy bagging yourself a bargain then check out the offers on our online shop.

It’s an eclectic selection and there are some great books, my personal favourites being ‘When Time Began to Rant and Rage…’ which is a fab book of Irish figurative work and totally worth a fiver, Age of Jazz: British Arts Deco Ceramics as I’m a sucker for a deco teaset, and British Watercolours and Drawings from the Lady Lever’s collection.

If you’ve still not got a John Moores catalogue then now is the time to buy one as they’re reduced to £7.50. And if you buy it from the Walker shop you get the John Moores China version for free. Read more…

Free copies of the John Moores China catalogue

21 December 2012 by Karen

Galleries are fab places during the Christmas holidays. They’re quiet, uplifting, not the television, and you leave feeling slightly virtuous before returning to the orgy of chocolate and booze that has been your diet for most of December. And in the case of our venues, they’re totally free.

If you wander to the Walker this festive season to catch the John Moores Painting Prize before it closes on 6 January, you’ll no doubt see the rather large and rather excellent prize winners from the John Moores China exhibition. These are just five of the 63 pieces from the Shanghai exhibition, all of which are featured in the Chinese exhibition catalogue. In the spirit of festive generosity we’re giving away this Chinese catalogue for free to anyone who buys a copy of our own John Moores exhibition catalogue. Read more…

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