Design for a poster for the Liverpool Academy, 1901, James Herbert McNair

Poster with title, address, date and a central female figure

Gouache, ink and chalk
s. and d.b.r.: ‘J. HERBERT McNAIR. INV. DEL. 1901– ‘; inscr.t.: ‘LIVERPOOL ACADEMY OF / ARTS FIRST ANNUAL / EXHIBITION 1901’; inscr.b. ‘41 CASTLE STREET ADMISSION FREE / OPENS 14TH OCTOBER CLOSES 2ND NOVEMBER’
89.0 x 57.0 (35 x 22 3/8)
National Museums Liverpool (Walker Art Gallery)

The design was closely related to the glass panels McNair designed for the Turin exhibition in 1902.

McNair was briefly and controversially active in the staid Academy.

In 1906 he was part of a progressive committee that vastly reduced the number of pictures shown in the annual exhibition, prompting outrage from conservative members and approval from the press.