Queens Dock, Liverpool

Helena Markson, 1964 about

WAG 6297

About this object

This print shows a view from Queens Dock looking east towards the Anglican Cathedral, shown at the pinnacle of the image. The Queens Dock was opened in 1796 to handle imported timber and support shipbuilding on its foreshore. The stretch of the land between the dock and the Cathedral is now the site of the Baltic Triangle, a burgeoning creative industry, depicted here on a distorted topographical scale. The various structural elements are disproportionate in size, yet the image appears unexpectedly harmonious, thanks to the stabilising effect of the oversized boat and shed. The combined tonal effects of blue, terracotta and white unite all the elements in a symmetrical composition.

Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1965, No. 6297

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Queens Dock
  • Artist(s)
    Helena Markson (British, born:1934, died:2012)
  • Date
    1964 about
  • Materials
    Colour aquatint; Paper; Ink
  • Measurements
    plate mark: 42 cm x 55 cm
  • Physical description
    Semi-abstract landscape view of the city of Liverpool, seen from Queens Dock up towards the Anglican Cathedral at the top of the image. This print shows in the centre third of the canvas the area between the Cathedral and the Dock that is densely populated with many rows of buildings coloured in variants of blue and terracotta. The Queens Dock itself is represented by a rather disproportionately large boat moored on the lower left corner and a row of white dock warehouses now substantially reduced in size, appearing in lower centre, next to an oversized white shed on the lower right corner.
  • Related people
    Editions Alecto Ltd (Previous owner); Helena Markson (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 6297
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1965
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


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


Item inscriptions

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