The Town Hall Liverpool from the South

William Westall,

WAG 8221

About this object

This view illustrates the dignified architecture of Castle Street in the early 19th century. The terrace on the left was built after the widening of the street in 1786 and its design is attributed to James Wyatt (1746-1813), one of the architects of the Town Hall. The shops and offices it contains are not given individual architectural expression but are unified by a continous grand facade, decorated with giant pillasters and a central pediment. From the 1840's onwards the uniformity of insurance offices vied with each other by Westall specialised in topographical watercolours, and this is one of several Liverpool views by him which were engraved and published in his Great Britain Illustrated.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    William Westall (British: English, born:12 October 1781, died:22 January 1850)
  • Date
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Materials
    Pen; Ink; Watercolour; Paper
  • Measurements
    paper: 9.2 cm x 14.2 cm
  • Physical description
  • Related people
    Beverley King (Previous owner); William Westall (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8221
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by Mrs Beverly King in 1972
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Beverley King

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1972
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: W. WESTALL R.W.S. (old mount inscribed)
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Mount
Object view = Fine Art
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