Herculaneum Oil Tanks and Foreshore

Roderick Frederick Bisson, 1930s

WAG 10713

About this object

This is a semi-abstract variation of Bisson’s watercolour ‘Dingle Foreshore’ (WAG 10715), also in the Walker Art Gallery collection. This image appears almost psychedelic, due to the wavy shapes and lines seemingly in perpetual motion. The meandering line separating the shore from the river suggests a template for the compositional pattern, turning this image into a study of movement and colour. The dark colour of the sky and the turbulent flow of the river echoed beneath seem to signal an impending storm, in stark contrast to the sunny atmosphere of ‘Dingle Foreshore’.

Bequest of the artist, 1988, No. 10713

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Roderick Frederick Bisson (British: English, born:1910, died:1987-07-20)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Gouache; Paper
  • Measurements
    37.5 x 54 cm
  • Physical description
    A semi-abstract variation of WAG 10715, showing the same northwest view from Dingle towards the Herculaneum Dock and the Dingle Oil Terminal in the far distance. Lower half is divided into the river Mersey on the left and the foreshore of Dingle on the right with a brick structure in the distance. The sky is portrayed as a series of wavy lines and shapes in various shades of blue. The waves in the river appear in a similarly undulating pattern, as on the rock face on the far right.
  • Related people
    Roderick Frederick Bisson (Artist/maker, previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 10713
  • Credit line
    Bequest of the artist, 1988.
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • Roderick Frederick Bisson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1988
    Disposal method: Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery
Object view = Fine Art
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