The Walker, Waterhouse and a Wedding…

25 April 2017 by Felicity

Suzanne and Anthony in front of Waterhouse’s Echo and Narcissus

The Walker Art Gallery is an undeniably romantic setting for a date, even if we do say so ourselves! When Suzanne and Anthony visited the gallery together on their second date back in 2008, they couldn’t have imagined that they’d be returning a little over nine years later on their wedding day!

Suzanne is a big Pre-Raphaelites fan and wanted her favourite painting in the Walker to feature as part of their big day.

“We met 9 years ago to the day we got married,” Suzanne tells us, “it was 2008 and I’d gone to watch Mark Morriss from The Bluetones at the The Dry Bar in Manchester, where Anthony is from.

“On our second date, I said I’d take him to the Walker to show him my favourite painting, Echo & Narcissus by John William Waterhouse. On the train in to Liverpool he confessed he’d never been to Liverpool before! I was a bit taken aback as I love the city and have spent hours sat in front of Echo over the years.

“We have spent our 9 years together learning to love Liverpool together and it’s why we wanted to get married here. Anthony was going to propose to me in front of the painting but it had gone to Japan on tour so it was a few months later that he proposed in our house.

“We will continue coming to the gallery. I also like seeing one of the original suffragettes bust as my great great aunt was a suffragette and I am extremely proud of that.”

Following their wedding at St George’s Hall, we were thrilled that Suzanne and Anthony were able to call into the Walker where we captured these beautiful photographs:

Thanks for visiting us on your special day, Suzanne and Anthony – and a huge congratulations on your wedding on behalf of everybody here at the Walker!

Echo and Narcissus is part of the Walker Art Gallery’s collection. It is currently on display in our temporary exhibition Victorian Treasures, until 7 May. Free entry.

  1. Suzanne O'Rourke says:

    Thanks to Scott for taking our photograph and to the Walker for making our day extra special – Suzanne & Anthony

  2. Dianne Leyland says:

    Great pictures of my friends on their wedding day. Is the gallery licensed for weddings? If not, it should be as the setting is lovely!

    • Felicity says:

      Hi Dianne

      I agree – weddings at the Walker would be incredible! It’s not currently possible to have a wedding here though, due to the venue being open to visitors every day. However, we can host special evening events at the Gallery, which can be arranged through our Events team (0151 478 4780 /

      Best wishes


  3. Adrian Turrell-Watts says:

    Suzanne and Anthony are a wonderful couple and very good friends of ours and The Walker is an inspirational place. We’ve spent many hours here with friends, family and visitors to the city and everyone leaves with special memories. I have my own special favourites too x

    • Felicity says:

      Hi Adrian

      That’s so much for commenting – that’s really lovely to hear! Hope to see you in the gallery again soon!

      Best wishes


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