Liverpool to Leeds Canal, Lightbody Street

Allan Peel Tankard, 1946

WAG 2159

About this object

Tankard was one of many Liverpool artists who participated in the “Recording Merseyside” exhibitions. The project was developed by the Liverpool City Council in 1945 to create a visual record of Liverpool after World War II. The first exhibition, held at the Bluecoat Chambers, was so successful that a further two exhibitions were organised in 1946 and 1947. During the warw the Walker Art Gallery was taken over by the Ministry of Food and used to distribute food rations to the Liverpool community. Subsequently all exhibitions between 1939 and 1951 were held at the Bluecoat Chambers. This watercolour was shown in the second exhibition in 1946.

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal was a main trade route between Liverpool and the inland manufacturing industries. This image shows one of a series of locks that link the Stanley Dock to the Canal, and the arched underside of the railway line above.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Liverpool and Leeds Canal, Lightbody Street
  • Artist(s)
    Allan Peel Tankard (British: English, born:1897, died:1964-10-31)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Pencil; Paper
  • Measurements
    sight: 29.6 cm x 44.6 cm
  • Physical description
    View of a canal with a wooden lock, small paved area in the foreground and a bridge above. Small buildings seen through under the bridge line the edge of the canal in the distance.
  • Related people
    Allan Peel Tankard (Artist/maker, previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 2159
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1946.
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Explore related


  • Recording Merseyside Exhibition II

    Start date: 1946-10-28
    End date: 1946-10-28
    Description: This 'Recording Merseyside' exhibition held at the Bluecoat Chambers (28 Oct - 30 Nov 1946) was continued from the year before. This exhibition was also recorded as the most popular exhibition in 1946 by the then Director of the Walker Art Gallery Frank Lambert. Drawings to the value of £542.17s were sold chiefly to the Corporation of Liverpool for the permenant collections of the Public Libraries and the Walker Art Gallery who received three watercolours by Eric Peter Gill, AP Tankard and Jack Coburn Witherop.


Previous owners

  • Allan Peel Tankard

    Owned from: 1946
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1946
    Disposal method: Sold to the Walker Art Gallery at the Recording Merseside exhibition at Bluecoat Chambers


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Allan P. Tankard // 14 Barmouth Rd // Wallasy Cheshire
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    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
  • Inscription text: Allan P. Tankard / Liverpool 1946
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    Inscription location: Front; Lower right
Object view = Fine Art
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