Clarke Aspinall

WAG 9517


This artwork has been identified as having links to a person connected with transatlantic slavery. This research is part of the Walker Art Gallery’s ongoing work to be more transparent about the collection’s relationship to Britain's colonial past. The Irish artist Robert George Kelly (1822 - 1910) painted this portrait in 1883. It is thought to be Clarke Aspinall (1827 - 1891), a solicitor who became Coroner of Liverpool in 1867. He came from a prominent family of merchants who were active in the Caribbean and whose wealth was derived from the transatlantic slave trade. His grandfather was the merchant and trader in enslaved African people John Bridge Aspinall (1759 - 1830), who became Mayor of Liverpool in 1803.