Iron Hulk, Liverpool

Frank Sir Short, 1890

WAG 8344

About this object

This etching shows the reduced iron hulk of the HMS Conway on the river Mersey. Although stripped of most of its features, the ship’s bowsprit is still clearly defined. It appears superimposed against the Liverpool coastline, as if flattening the perspective. However, the varied textures and tonal contrast used between each vessel and its background create layers and depth within the composition.

Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by the Trustees of the Estate of Miss Dorothea Short in 1973, No. 8344

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Sir Frank Short (British, born:19 June 1857, died:22 April 1945)
  • Date
    1890
  • Materials
    Paper; Etching
  • Measurements
    7.5 x 20 cm
  • Physical description
    An etching of an image of a hulk along the River Mersey estuary against the backdrop of Liverpool. Most of the image is concentrated in a strip across the canvas, delineating the Liverpool shoreline and its docks, and the iron hulk lying along the shore, seemingly superimposed on it. The ship, on the right half of the canvas, is stripped of most of its features, while its bowsprit is still clearly defined in this etching. In the distance on the left are a few large ships.
  • Related people
    Sir Frank Short (Artist/maker, previous owner); Trustees of the Estate of Dorothea Short (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8344
  • Credit line
    Presented to the Walker Art Gallery by the Trustees of the Estate of Miss Dorothea Short in 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: FRANK SHORT
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate; Front; Lower right
  • Inscription text: Hardie 252
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back; Lower left
Object view = Fine Art
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