Liverpool from Seacombe Boat House

Michael Angelo Rooker, Between 1768 and 1769

WAG 8653

About this object

This watercolour is one of a pair of panoramic watercolour views of Liverpool by Rooker. They were engraved by the artist's father and published in 1770 (see 'View of Liverpool from the Bowling Green' (WAG 8654) also in the collection of the Walker Art Gallery).

The dome of St. Paul's church, designed by Thomas Lightoller (dates unknown) and built in 1765-1769, can be seen clearly on the left. The large range of buildings in the middle of the waterfront represents the Goree warehouses that had already been planned by 1770 but were not built until over twenty years later.

This picture and its pair were exhibited at the Royal Academy in London at it's inaugural exhibition in spring 1769.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Michael Angelo Rooker (British: English, born:1946, died:3 March 1801)
  • Date
    Between 1768 and 1769
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Paper on card
  • Measurements
    paper: 30.5 cm x 76 cm
  • Physical description
    Panoramic landscape of Liverpool with boats in the foreground and a dramatic cloudy sky.
  • Related people
    Hugh William Osbert Molyneux (Previous owner); Michael Angelo Rooker (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 8653
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery with the aid of a grant from the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1974
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Hugh William Osbert Molyneux

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1974
    Disposal method: Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery with the aid of the Victoria and Albert Museum


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Sept. Cent Exhibition Liverpool 1907, Owner Earl of Sefton, Address Croxteth
    Inscription method: Label
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Back
Object view = Fine Art
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