Pierhead from the Mersey

William Walcot, 1922

WAG 8620

About this object

This distant view of the Pierhead shows the recently completed Three Graces (Royal Liver Building, Cunard Building and Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Building) behind the landing stage busy with commuting ferries. An atmospheric effect is created by the misty air enveloping the Liver Building, with a subtle etching method being used to merely hint at the docks and a multitude of ship masts.
This etching belongs to a series by Walcot depicting major rivers, ‘The Arteries of Britain’. Walcot was much respected in the 1920s and 1930s as an architectural draughtsman whose impressionistic drawings enhanced the grandeur of buildings.

Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1974, No. 8620

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    William Walcot (British, born:1874-03-10, died:1943-05-21)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Etching; Paper
  • Measurements
    13.1 x 33.3 cm; image: 11.2 cm x 32.3 cm
  • Physical description
    A distant view of the Pierhead from the River Mersey. Looming large on the right are the Three Graces, presiding over the busy Pierhead, with a few passenger ferries awaiting embarkation and a much larger ferry approaching from behind. An atmospheric effect is created by the misty air enveloping the Royal Liver Building, and by the way in which the docks and warehouses along the stretch of the river are merely hinted at through a subtle etching method.
  • Related people
    The Leva Gallery (Previous owner); William Walcot (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8620
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1974.
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • The Leva Gallery

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1974
    Disposal method: Sold to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: W. WALCOT
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate; Front; Lower right
Object view = Fine Art
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