Richmond Castle

Daniel Alexander Williamson,

WAG 2989

About this object

The Walker Art Gallery survived the May Blitz, but a group of oil paintings were blistered and burnt beyond recognition in the fire. In 1961, it was decided that the badly damaged paintings should be removed from the gallery’s collection and destroyed. The fire that took hold of the museum and library in 1941 was still claiming its victims 20 years later.

This painting of Richmond Castle was one of the artworks destroyed in 1961. Painted by Liverpool born artist Daniel Alexander Williamson (1823-1903) it was part of an impressive collection owned by James Smith (1831-1923). Smith arrived in Liverpool in 1851 and became a successful wine merchant. His widow gave the collection to the Walker Art Gallery in 1923 and 1927. It included sculptures by Augustus Rodin, and a collection of more than 100 works of art, including the painting of Richmond Castle. The collection was described at the time as “one of the most notable bequests of works of art ever made to the city.”

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Daniel Alexander Williamson (British: English, born:24 September 1823, died:12 February 1903)
  • Date
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Materials
    Medium and Technique = Oil ; Support = Board
  • Measurements
    37 x 20.5 cm
  • Physical description
  • Related people
    Daniel Alexander Williamson (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 2989
  • Credit line
    Bequeathed by James Smith of Blundellsands 1923
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections
Object view = Fine Art
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