Works on paper collection


About this collection

The Walker Art Gallery has a large and varied collection of around 8000 fine art works on paper.

The collection spans the early Medieval and Renaissance period to the present day and features works of international significance including watercolours, prints, drawings and photographs.

Highlights of the collection include the Weld-Blundell collection of Old Master drawings and the Walker’s world famous Pre-Raphaelite watercolours and drawings.

More recently, the collection has grown with acquisitions of work by contemporary artists including Paula Rego (born 1935) and Helen Chadwick (1953 -1996). 

Below are some of the highlights of the works on paper collection.


Our curators are working on a project called 'Watermark', gradually putting all of the works on paper collections online. Find out more about the Watermark project.

Liverpool Docks

 The works in this collection highlight some of the remarkable images relating to the Liverpool docks and the River Mersey. This small collection of work shows the changing forms and functions of the Liverpool docks over three centuries. They also highlight how artists from the early 18th century to the late 20th century viewed and interpreted the subject matter through the use of different media and techniques. 

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  • An Exhibition of British Watercolours and Drawings 1730-1870 - Catalogue 89

    Gregory, Martyn

    Author: Gregory, Martyn
    Publisher: Deckers Snoeck
    Date: 2012

  • British Watercolours and Drawings: Lord Leverhulme's Collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

    Jessica Feather

    Author: Jessica Feather
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press & National Museums Liverpool
    Date: 2010
    Description: Lord Leverhulme's Collection catalogue of Watercolours and Drawings in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

  • Catalogue of Mediaeval & Later Antiquities contained in the Mayer Museum including the Mather collection of miniatures and medals relating to the Bonaparte family

    Gatty, Charles T

    Author: Gatty, Charles T
    Date: 1883
    Description: Catalogue of most of Joseph Mayer's medieval and post-medieval collection, which was either gifted by Mayer in 1867 or purchased from the Mayer Museum Duplicate Fund. The catalogue also lists the Mather Collection, which was left to the city of Liverpool in 1872 by Mr. John Mather, who obtained it in the first instance by purchase from Mayer. The collection of French Revolution badges and medals was purchased in 1870.

  • Earlier British Paintings in the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House

    Alex Kidson

    Author: Alex Kidson
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 2012

  • Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery

    Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens

    Author: Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens
    Publisher: Liverpool Letterpress Limited, Member of the Steel House Press
    Date: 1968
    Description: Catalogue of Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery collection

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