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Artisan catering delights at gallery relaunch

19 April 2016 by Sarah

DSCF2230When the Lady Lever Art Gallery opened its new South End galleries last month, after a £2.8m major redevelopment project, guests at the private preview were wowed by the bespoke catering by our Conference and Events team, because the menu was rather special.

The Lady Lever Art Gallery has one of the most beautiful collections of fine and decorative art in the UK, including lots of world famous Pre-Raphaelite artworks and Chinese ceramics. And did you know the gallery has the best collection of Wedgwood Jasperware in the world? Read more…

When Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun met Emma Hamilton

15 April 2016 by Xanthe

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‘Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante’ by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun

We know quite a lot about Vigée Le Brun’s portrait of Emma Hamilton, and what she thought of Emma, because in the mid 1820s, towards the end of a long painting career of more than 50 years, she decided to write up her diaries and publish them as memoirs in 1836-37.

Vigée first met Emma when the artist arrived in Naples in 1790, having fled Paris with her 9 year old daughter, at the start of the French Revolution in 1789. Vigée was given refuge by the Queen of Naples, the sister of the French Queen Marie-Antoinette, whose favourite portrait painter was Vigée. When she fled Paris she left her art-dealer husband, Jean-Baptiste Le Brun, behind to protect the family house and studio contents. He was later forced by the French Revolutionary government to divorce her to retain their property. She spent the next 12 years travelling around the courts of continental Europe visiting cities in Italy, Austria and Russia, making a successful living by painting portraits of royalty, aristocrats and their courtiers.  Read more…

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…

Rare chandelier discovered at the Lady Lever Art Gallery

25 March 2016 by Felicity

Terence installing the chandelier in the new galleries c. Gareth Jones

Terence installing the chandelier in the new galleries c. Gareth Jones

Restoring the Lady Lever Art Gallery’s new South End galleries, which open to visitors today, has been an incredibly exciting, and revealing, process!

In reversing many of the changes that were made to the Gallery in the 1960s, we’ve made some fantastic discoveries. We’ve found elaborate wallpaper hidden behind casing – even ‘secret doors’ which we’ve been able to reopen!

Perhaps one of the most exciting discoveries, though, relates to a very much overlooked rare chandelier. Read more…

Reflections

22 March 2016 by Megan

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Reflections exhibition

 

Throughout the South End redevelopment project the Lady Lever education team has been working closely with the Wirral community. They have been building relationships through delivering workshops and consulting with local community and education groups, finding out what they would like to see in the new displays, and how we can interpret the collections and develop our education programme. Read more…

Photographic inspiration

22 March 2016 by Ann

Port Sunlight village by Ian RobertsonThe Lady Lever Art Gallery was built for the residents of Port Sunlight village and opened in 1922.  At the time residents were workers in William Hesketh Lever’s soap factory.  Over the years the village has changed but retained a strong community at heart.  It’s no longer a requirement for village residents to work for the factory and villagers come from all walks of life.

Ian Robertson, a regular visitor to the Gallery and current resident, writes on how the village and Lever’s collection have inspired him.  Read more…

New year, new galleries at the Lady Lever

1 March 2016 by Lucy Nixon

Exterior of Lady Lever Art Gallery

The Lady Lever is preparing to open the doors of its South End galleries once again ©fotography

As the Lady Lever Art Gallery prepares to swing open the doors to its brand new South End galleries later this month, I decided to take a look back at the history behind the gallery itself and the royal links that make it one of Merseyside’s most interesting buildings. Read more…

National Museums and Wellbeing Week

29 February 2016 by Dawn

happy museum visitors

Museums can enhance feelings of wellbeing

This week is the first ever ‘National Museums and Wellbeing Week’.

Visiting museums and participating in the arts has been shown to alleviate stress, combat isolation and increase levels of satisfaction and happiness.

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Pin curls and paintings

10 February 2016 by Ann

Illustration by W. A Brown courtesy of Mrs G Harrand

Illustration by W. A Brown courtesy of Mrs G Harrand

The striking 1930s evening dresses from the Putting on the Glitz exhibition would not have been complete when originally worn without a beautiful hairstyle to finish the look.  This half term, the Lady Lever Art Gallery is hosting a unique event in partnership with Andrew Collinge Hairdressing to show the modern woman and man how dressing to impress really should be done.

Read more…

A major milestone for the Lady Lever South End Galleries redevelopment

17 November 2015 by Ann

Restored ceiling light domes, South Vestibule copyright Pete Carr

Restored ceiling light domes, South Vestibule copyright Pete Carr

The Lady Lever Art Gallery has reached a major milestone in its Heritage Lottery funded development following the completion of a large scale restoration by Clan Contracting to restore the South End rooms of the historic gallery over seen by architects PurcellRead more…



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