Liverpool from Perch Rock

Manner of John Thomas Serres, 1797

WAG 9362

About this object

By 1797 Liverpool’s shipping industry had grown in scale and scope, trading with North America and West Indian colonies importing tobacco and sugar. The city of Liverpool was also linked, via navigable rivers, to the Lancashire coal mines, textile factories, Cheshire salt producers, local glassworks and Staffordshire potteries. Liverpool was the second busiest port in Britain, with five major docks in operation, even attracting many tourists. This image illustrates the danger of navigating through the River Mersey.

Serres succeeded his father as marine painter to George III and published ‘Liber Nauticus, and Instructor in the Art of Marine Drawing’ (1805-6).

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Manner of John Thomas Serres (British: English, born:1759-12, died:1825-12-28)
  • Date
  • Materials
    Paper; Etching; Aquatint
  • Measurements
    paper: 44.2 cm x 56.5 cm
  • Physical description
    A maritime scene with a view of Liverpool in the background. There are two sailing ships in the centre, one of which displays a flag. Storm clouds fill the left side of the sky and the force of the wind can be seen in the sails of one of the ships as it leans to the right. In the foreground, white waves crash against a grass bank.
  • Related people
    John Thomas Serres (Artist/maker) ; The Earl of Derby (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 9362
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1978
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


Previous owners

  • The Earl of Derby

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1978
    Disposal method: Sold to the Walker Art Gallery


Item inscriptions

  • Inscription text: Subscription Prints (sic) / / From a Painting of & etch'd by J.T. Serres Marine Painter to His Majesty & to his H.R.H. the Duke of Clarence / / To the Worshipful the Mayor (coat of arms of Liverpool) & common council of Liverpool / By Permission thi
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Base; Below plate; Front
  • Inscription text: J T SERRES 1797
    Inscription method: Inscribed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower right; On plate
Object view = Fine Art
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