Dingle Foreshore

Roderick Frederick Bisson, 1930s

WAG 10715

About this object

This view shows the shore at Dingle with the Dingle Oil Terminal and the nearby Herculaneum Dock in the distance. The jetty from the Terminal can be seen on the left. The clouds appear abstract in contrast to the realistic smoke billowing from the chimneys.
Bisson was associated with the Sandon Studios Society, founded in 1905 by a group of art students who wanted to encourage futuristic approaches to art in Liverpool. He was a modernist painter influenced by contemporary art in France in the 1930s. He embraced surrealism before London hosted the major International Surrealist Exhibition in 1936.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Roderick Frederick Bisson (British: English, born:1910, died:1987-07-20)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Paper; Watercolour
  • Measurements
    38 x 57.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A watercolour painting of a northwest view from Dingle Foreshore towards the Herculaneum Dock and the Dingle Oil Terminal in the far distance on the left. Smoke is billowing from two tall chimneys at the terminal. On the far left can be seen a jetty jutting from the Terminal into the River Mersey. In the foreground the shore is strewn with large boulders and a rock face on the far right, with the river on the left. In the middle ground, a stone structure [ruins?] is standing, with a chimney stack that resembles a monolith. In an otherwise realistic representation of the view, the clouds appear as large ovals, under the swirl of the yellow canopy-like sky. On the far right edge is a series of colour test.
  • Related people
    Roderick Frederick Bisson (Artist/maker, previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 10715
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed to the Walker Art Gallery by the artist in 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


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Bisson (bottom left corner)
    Inscription method:
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right; On plate
Object view = Fine Art
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