By 1964 the Liverpool shipping industry was in flux due to unfavourable shifts in trading patterns and less labour-intensive methods of cargo handling. With more demand to build larger docks, most of the smaller and out-dated ones, including Albert Dock, had to close.
Considered among the most splendid of all Liverpool buildings, the Albert Dock was finally closed in 1972. Except for the blue swirl of the sky, Markson’s palette is largely monochrome. Reminiscent of the style of Alfred Wallis (1855 - 1942), the Cornish fisherman and artist, this image shows the deliberately disjointed layout of the dock compound, seemingly stripping the dock of its past glory.