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.
Here you can see highlights of the Walker’s collection, including works by some of the century's most talented and famous painters, including Gainsborough (1727-1788), Stubbs (1724-1806) and Wright of Derby (1734-1797).
Here are some of the highlights from our collection.