The Coal Hoist

Geoffrey Heath Wedgwood, 1924

WAG 7428

About this object

The increasing size of ships in the early 20th century heralded new mechanised processes for refuelling. This image shows a coal hoist, a scaffolding tower mounted on a barge, which was used to tip whole wagonfuls of coal directly into steamships.
Wedgwood’s precise observational style of printmaking lent itself to architectural subjects. The coal hoist was a stunning architectural piece with intricate metalwork design, and here it towers over the dockers in the Clarence Graving Docks, providing a dramatic symbol of the accelerating modernisation in the docklands in the early 1900s. The old Liverpool Overhead Railway station is in the distance on the right.

Presented to the Walker Art Gallery in 1970, No. 7428

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Geoffrey Heath Wedgwood (British: English, born:1900, died:1977)
  • Date
    1924
  • Materials
    Paper; Etching and Drypoint
  • Measurements
    29 x 33.6 cm
  • Physical description
    An etching of an image of the coal hoist at the Clarence Graving Docks. The coal hoist here is a scaffolding tower mounted on a barge and used for loading coal onto ships directly. The structure of the hoist is minutely etched in straight lines and precise angles, dominating the left half of the image, while on lower right a group of dock workers are shown manually turning the lock wheel.
  • Related people
    Geoffrey Heath Wedgwood (Artist/maker, previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 7428
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery in 1970.
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Geoffrey Heath Wedgwood

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1970
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery at the gallery's request

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: The Coal Hoist-
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate; Front; Lower left
  • Inscription text: GEOFFREY H. WEDGWOOD 24 (pencil on paper)
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate; Front; Lower right
Object view = Fine Art
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