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18th century collection

Part one

During the 18th century Liverpool grew from a minor port to England's second city. This growth was matched by the city's development into one of the country's most significant provincial artistic centres. Patrons such as the Earl of Derby and Henry Blundell collected essentially aristocratic styles, while the wealthy mercantile class created a new group of collectors and aided the development of a local school of artists.

Many of the works created and collected during this period are now cared for at the Walker Art Gallery. Our essay feature, 'Rococo, Classicism and Romanticism in the Walker Art Gallery'|, provides an overview of this part of the collection.

Please note that this is only a selection from our collection.