Albert Dock, Liverpool

Helena Markson, 1964 about

WAG 6292

About this object

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.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Albert Dock
  • Artist(s)
    Helena Markson (British, born:1934, died:2012)
  • Date
    1964 about
  • Materials
    Colour aquatint; Paper; Ink
  • Measurements
    plate mark: 40 cm x 50.1 cm
  • Physical description
    A semi-abstract view of the Albert Dock with buildings on either side of the dock mostly printed in black and white, apart from the blue clouds in the sky.
  • Related people
    Editions Alecto Ltd (Previous owner); Helena Markson (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 6292
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1965.
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Editions Alecto Ltd

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1965-05
    Disposal method: Sold to the Walker Art Gallery

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Artist Proof
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate; Front; Lower left
  • Inscription text: Albert Dock
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate; Centre
  • Inscription text: Helena Markson
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate; Front; Lower right
Object view = Fine Art
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