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What the John Moores Painting Prize means to me

24 October 2013 by Laura

Painting

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 now proudly sports an audio guide which provides a brilliant introduction to the gallery’s highlights. It only costs £1.95 and there’s enough on there to get several visits worth out of it if you don’t want to listen to everything in one go. 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

Two paintings

(From L to R) Isabella by Millais displayed alongside ‘The Dinner Party’ by Walsh

We have a very welcome guest amongst our Pre-Raphaelite paintings in room 6 of the Walker Art Gallery at present.

‘The Dinner Party’ (1980) by Sam Walsh is displayed for the first time next to its 19th century inspiration, ‘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…

The mystery of Mrs Wells

22 May 2012 by Lisa

Here’s a blog by Sarah Hardy who is helping out at the Lady Lever Art gallery as part of her Art History masters degree. 

Sarah will be giving a talk about Zoffany’s portrait of Robert Badeley at 1pm on Wednesday 23 May 2012.


Painting of a man

Robert Baddeley as Moses in Sheridan’s ‘The School for Scandal’ c1781, by Johann Zoffany (1734/5 – 1810).

I am currently working on a project through my Art History masters degree at the University of Manchester. My task is to write all the labels for three 18th century art and furniture rooms at Lady Lever Art Gallery. So if you come and visit in the near future, the labels you read in rooms 22-24, will have been written by me! 

I am thoroughly enjoying this experience and look forward to my Wednesday visits, when I am let loose on the archives to uncover the history of some incredibly rare and valuable art works. Using this information to tell you the story of our art has been incredibly rewarding. Read more…

Desperate Sudley Wives

12 December 2011 by stepheng

Big dress

 

Sudley House in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, was the home of Victorian shipowner George Holt who amassed a huge fortune as one of the proprietors of Lamport & Holt.

 

Despite his wealth, he was a modest man who did not go in for lavish entertainment. He was married with one daughter and the family were not ones to splash the cash on themselves.

 

In fact, they were among Liverpool’s greatest philanthropists and gave away most of what they acquired – including Sudley House. Read more…