Pier Head, Liverpool

Helena Markson, 1964 about

WAG 6296

About this object

In the 1960s Markson was commissioned by the Liverpool City Council to produce a series of prints to visually record the changing Liverpool landscape as it underwent an urban renewal project. This aquatint forms part of the commission.
This view of the Pierhead captures the familiar landmarks: the Prince's Dock warehouse, St. Nicholas's church, the Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Building. The Mersey Ferry in the foreground was famously featured in Gerry and the Pacemakers’s hit song ‘Ferry Cross the Mersey’, released in 1965. In this aquatint Markson manipulates the tonal differences of blue, yellow and terracotta to create a watercolour-like image.

Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1965, No. 6296

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Pier Head
  • Artist(s)
    Helena Markson (British, born:1934, died:2012)
  • Date
    1964 about
  • Materials
    Ink; Paper; Colour aquatint
  • Measurements
    plate mark: 42 cm x 55 cm
  • Physical description
    Semi-abstract landscape view towards the Liverpool Pier Head, as seen from the Wirral across the river. The upper half of the image is occupied with famous landmark buildings of the Pier Head area -- the Three Graces on the right, St. Nicholas's church to their left, and a Princes Dock warehouse on far left. Lower half is dominated by a yellow and white ferry in the green River Mersey, with the steam from its funnel partially obscuring the Cunard Building.
  • Related people
    Editions Alecto Ltd (Previous owner); Helena Markson (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 6296
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1965
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 08
  • 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: Helena Markson
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right; Below plate
  • Inscription text: Artists Proof
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower left; Below plate
  • Inscription text: Pier Head
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower centre; Below plate
Object view = Fine Art
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