Works on paper collection


About this collection

The Walker Art Gallery has an important collection of around 8000 works on paper. The collection ranges from the Medieval period to the present day, including Old Master drawings and Pre-Raphaelite watercolours and sketches, as well as contemporary art. It includes artists as significant and varied as Guercino (1591 – 1666), JMW Turner (1775 – 1851), John Constable 1776 – 1837), Helen Chadwick (1953 – 1996) and Paula Rego (born 1935). The collection continues to grow through new acquisitions.

There are watercolours, drawing, prints and photographs in the collection, showing the full range and richness of works on paper as a genre. There are sketches and studies for finished paintings in the collection, watercolours of landscapes all over the world, prints using multiple techniques and innovative photography.

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Digitisation project

The delicate nature of works on paper means we cannot regularly display items from this collection. We are therefore trying to make the collection accessible in different ways, with an emphasis on online access.

There are around 300 works on paper already viewable online. These works are mostly landscape views and scenes of Liverpool. This is a very small part of the total collection. We are working to get more of the collection online. Lots of hard work has already happened behind the scenes, researching and photographing these works and we look forward to sharing them here soon.

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  • An Exhibition of British Watercolours and Drawings 1730-1870 - Catalogue 89

    Gregory, Martyn

    Author: Gregory, Martyn
    Publisher: Deckers Snoeck
    Date: 2012

  • British Watercolours and Drawings: Lord Leverhulme's Collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

    Jessica Feather

    Author: Jessica Feather
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press & National Museums Liverpool
    Date: 2010
    Description: Lord Leverhulme's Collection catalogue of Watercolours and Drawings in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

  • Catalogue of Mediaeval & Later Antiquities contained in the Mayer Museum including the Mather collection of miniatures and medals relating to the Bonaparte family

    Gatty, Charles T

    Author: Gatty, Charles T
    Date: 1883
    Description: Catalogue of most of Joseph Mayer's medieval and post-medieval collection, which was either gifted by Mayer in 1867 or purchased from the Mayer Museum Duplicate Fund. The catalogue also lists the Mather Collection, which was left to the city of Liverpool in 1872 by Mr. John Mather, who obtained it in the first instance by purchase from Mayer. The collection of French Revolution badges and medals was purchased in 1870.

  • Earlier British Paintings in the Walker Art Gallery and Sudley House

    Alex Kidson

    Author: Alex Kidson
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press
    Date: 2012

  • Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery

    Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens

    Author: Edward Morris & Timothy Stevens
    Publisher: Liverpool Letterpress Limited, Member of the Steel House Press
    Date: 1968
    Description: Catalogue of Early English Drawings and Watercolours in the Walker Art Gallery collection

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