Gatehouses, Canning Half-Tide Dock

Jack Coburn Witherop, 1945

WAG 1100

About this object

This drawing shows two of the three Gatemen’s Huts on the riverside entrance to the Canning Half-Tide Dock. The Piermaster's House is visible behind the second hut on the far left, there is a lock in the immediate foreground and the Wirral peninsula can be seen in the far distance. The huts were designed by Jesse Hartley (1780-1860), an engineer who built many of the Liverpool docks, including the Albert Dock. Originally trained as a stonemason, Hartley built functional docks and warehouses, which were also graced with his characteristic aesthetic touches. The cyclopean masonry designs on the huts resemble a fine jigsaw puzzle, a fanciful reminder of an unacknowledged beauty contrasted against the harsh environment of docks. The Policeman’s Lodge at Wapping Dock also bears Hartley’s incomparable masonry skill.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Jack Coburn Witherop (British: English, born:1906, died:1984)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Ink; Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 31.6 cm x 39.3 cm
  • Physical description
    View of a dock area with a wooden hut on the right, larger buildings on the far left and a partially open lock in the immediate foreground. Water and vessels can be seen in the background.
  • Related people
    Jack Coburn Witherop (Artist/maker, previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 1100
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery from the artist in 1945.
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Jack Coburn Witherop

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1945
    Disposal method: Sold to the Walker Art Gallery at the 'Recording Merseyside' exhibition


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Canning Half-Tide Dock 1945
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    Inscription location: Front; Lower centre
  • Inscription text: J. Coburn Witherop
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