Georges Dock, Liverpool

Frank Sir Short, 1890 [inscribed]

WAG 8340

About this object

Georges Dock was built on the reclaimed foreshore in 1771 but was closed and drained in 1899 to build the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board’s new headquarters, the first of Liverpool’s Three Graces. This image also shows the Goree Warehouses in the background, which were demolished in 1958.
Small schooners would bring cargoes of fresh fruit such as oranges, lemons and grapes to Georges Dock to be sold to the public on the quayside. Short’s top-heavy composition emphasises the size of the dock, while the lone buoy establishes a sense of scale in the image.

Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by the Trustees of the Estate of Miss Dorothea Short in 1973, No. 8340

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Sir Frank Short (British, born:19 June 1857, died:22 April 1945)
  • Date
    1890 [inscribed]
  • Materials
    Paper; Etching
  • Measurements
    15.1 x 19.9 cm
  • Physical description
    A small etching showing George's Dock in Liverpool seen from the water towards one of its dock sides. It shows the Goree warehouses along the edge of the dock behind a series of smaller buildings. At the dock, a small sail ship is moored, in the centre of the canvas. This etching was created before the George's Dock was filled in 1899 to create a land space to build the Three Graces and the Pier Head.
  • Related people
    Sir Frank Short (Artist/maker, previous owner); Trustees of the Estate of Dorothea Short (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8340
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by the Trustees of the Estate of Miss Dorothea Short, 1973.
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections

Ownership

Previous owners

  • Trustees of the Estate of Dorothea Short

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1973
    Disposal method: Presented to the Walker Art Gallery
  • Sir Frank Short

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded

Inscriptions

Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: GEORGE'S DOCK / LIVERPOOL. 1890
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right; On plate
  • Inscription text: FRANK SHORT
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate; Centre; Front
  • Inscription text: S
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: On plate; on shield
Object view = Fine Art
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