Liverpool from the Fort

Manner of John Thomas Serres, 1797

WAG 9363

About this object

This print shows people trying to salvage cargo from a brig that has caught fire, near the Princes Dock. By the late 18th century, Liverpool was seeking new trade routes to South America, India and the Far East. Sugar, rum, and tobacco were the main imports at the time. Cotton first arrived in Liverpool from the Caribbean in 1790, and a series of secure warehouses were built near the docks to store the high-value cargo.

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: 37.2 cm x 53.3 cm
  • Physical description
    A crowded maritime scene with sailing ships in the background and foreground. To the left, on the banks of the river are several buildings and a church. One of the ships in the foreground is on fire, issuing flames and huge clouds of smoke. There are small rowing boats attempting to reach the burning ship. In the centre are three men, pulling a rope, trying to upright a small vessel and salvage the cargo. To the right is a large sailing ship displaying a full set of sails.
  • Related people
    John Thomas Serres (Artist/maker) ; The Earl of Derby (Previous owner)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 9363
  • 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 Print / / From a Painting of & Etch'd by J.T. Serres Marine Painter to His Majesty & His H.R.H. the Duke of Clarence / / To the Right Hom. The coat of Arms of Derby family Earl of Derby &c &c &c / By Permission this view of / Liverpool from
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Base; Below plate; Front
  • Inscription text: J T SERRES 1797
    Inscription method: Printed
    Inscription note:
    Inscription location: Front; Lower left [on the plank by a figure on lower left corner]
Object view = Fine Art
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