Liverpool from Tranmere, 1863

WAG 839


The traditional way of life represented by the cornfield in the foreground sharply contrasts with the prospect beyond; railways tear through the fields, ferries and ocean-going ships fill the river, and in the distance the domes and spires of Liverpool indicate the wealth and soaring population of the city. The whole scene embodies the rapid social and technological transformation of 19th century Merseyside, and indeed Britain. Collingwood's paintings of British scenery usually show old buildings with historical associations, and this thoroughly modern view of the Mersey is exceptional for him.