Dazzle Painted Ships in the Mersey, off the Liverpool Waterfront


About this object

A view of dazzle painted ships in the River Mersey. Leonard Campbell Taylor worked under Norman Wilkinson in Liverpool to camouflage ships with these patterns during the First World War. The large liner at the landing stage is HMT Mauretania.

Object specifics

  • Title
    Dazzle Painted Ships in the Mersey, off the Liverpool Waterfront
  • Accession no.
  • Type
  • Artist/Maker
    Leonard Campbell Taylor
  • Place made
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Date made
    1918 about
  • Materials
    Oil on canvas
  • Location
    Merseyside Maritime Museum, First Floor, Lusitania: Life, Loss, Legacy
  • Measurements
    584 mm x 914 mm; 23 in x 36 in
  • Related people
    Leonard Campbell Taylor (Artist/maker)
  • Collection
    From the Merseyside Maritime Museum collections

Explore related


  • World War I

    Start date: 1914-07-28
    End date: 1914-07-28
    Description: World War I (WWI or WW1), also known as the First World War, was a global war centred in Europe that began on 28 July 1914 and lasted until 11 November 1918. From the time of its occurrence until the approach of World War II in 1939, it was called simply the World War or the Great War, and thereafter the First World War or World War I. In America it was initially called the European War. More than 9 million combatants were killed: a scale of death impacted by industrial advancements, geographic stalemate and reliance on human wave attacks. It was the fifth-deadliest conflict in world history, paving the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved. Wiki - December 2013

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