East Quay, Prince's Dock

Samuel Austin, 1833

WAG 2147

About this object

Painted in 1833 this watercolour shows Prince's Dock in Liverpool, the largest of the five docks in operation at that time. Built by John Foster Sr. (1758-1827), Prince’s Dock was opened in 1821 on the day of the Prince Regent’s coronation as George IV. Its construction was much delayed and riddled with scandal regarding Foster’s misuse of the stone supply. It was used as a base for ships trading with North America.

Austin was a Liverpool-born amateur painter of coastal and harbour scenes. This magnificent spectacle of ship masts and dockers handling cargo captures the day-to-day life of the Liverpool port. The right side of the composition is filled with large sail ships berthed right up to the quay, probably destined for transatlantic voyages and trade, while on the far left warehouses line the length of the dock. The tower of St. Nicholas’s Church can be seen in the far distance on the left.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Samuel Austin (British, born:23 October 1796, died:15 July 1834)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 72.5 cm x 119.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A dock scene showing large vessels on the right and warehouses on the left. The foreground is busy with dockers handling and weighing cargo from the ships. A church tower is visible on the left behine the warehouses and the partially clouded sky occupies most of the composition.
  • Related people
    Samuel Austin (Artist/maker); Mrs J Buck LLoyd (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 2147; Number on Content Team Access database: 128
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Mrs J Buck Lloyd in 1874
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Mrs J Buck LLoyd

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1874
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: S AUSTIN 1833
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    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Lower centre
Object view = Fine Art
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