Duke's Dock, Liverpool

William Charles Penn, 1930s possibly

WAG 8789

About this object

Located south of Albert Dock and west of Wapping Dock, the privately built Dukes Dock was predominantly used by traffic travelling along the Bridgewater Canal from Manchester. This view looks towards the river Mersey.
Linocut is a relief printing method that produces broader effects in image than fine printing lines. Penn has achieved an ambient chiaroscuro effect around the shadowed grain warehouses and the sunlit sheds and barges, without sacrificing the detail of the brickwork or the intricate texture of the quay wall.
Penn was a successful Merseyside printmaker and painter of portraits in oils.

Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1973, No. 8789

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Duke's Dock
  • Artist(s)
    William Charles Penn (British: English, born:1877-12-31, died:1968-05-27)
  • Date
    1930s possibly
  • Materials
    Japanese paper; Linocut; Ink
  • Measurements
    31.2 x 45 cm
  • Physical description
    This linocut shows a view on Duke's Dock from east towards the River Mersey, with a great chiaroscuro effect. It is a long and narrow dock, lined with multi-storey warehouses, some with stretched-out awnings, which appear in deep shadows on the left, in great contrast to the brightly lit areas by the shed and barges across the dock. There are three barges moored on the right side of the quay, with several figures on them. In the distance, towards the river entrance, is a glimpse of a footbridge. Brickwork patterns on the warehouses and the intricate masonry design of the quay walls are executed in great detail.
  • Related people
    J Davey and Sons (Previous owner); William Charles Penn (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8789
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1973.
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • J Davey and Sons

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1973
    Disposal method: Sold to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Duke's Dock, Liverpool
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate; Front; Lower left
  • Inscription text: Will C. Penn
    Inscription method: Pencil
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Below plate; Front; Lower right
Object view = Fine Art
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