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The Walker Art Gallery is one of the largest museums in the country.

It does definitely stand out among the other attractions in Liverpool with its coloring and rich content. Founded in 1877, it was intended to display the collections of the Victorian art, which includes the landscapes by William Turner and works by Dante Rossetti, Millais, and Leighton.

History of the gallery’s development

Its first collection of paintings the Walker Art Gallery purchased in 1819. However, it gained its success only in 1860, owing to the art exhibition which took place at William Brown Library and Museum.

The gallery occupies the specially constructed two-story building in the neoclassical style. Its collection comprises various pieces of art starting from the XIII century till nowadays. Here you shall find the items made of glass, metal and even pieces of furniture. Today, the gallery displays wonderful examples of European paintings.

Walker Art Gallery’s Exposition

The main exposition is represented by the works of artists from the North and Italian Renaissance. The paintings comprise the canvases by Nicolas Poussin, Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

Another collection which is also worth visitors’ attention is the enormous exhibition of watercolors and paintings by English artists such as John Sell Cotman, William Holman Hunt, Richard Parkes Bonington, Paul Nash, and many others. It also owns the largest sculpture collection in England.

The Modernism section is represented by the works by Clarice Cliff, creations by Lucian Freud, Roger Eliot Fry. There’s a special unit in the museum devoted to the art inspired by the two  World Wars.

The period of the XVII century is depicted by the works of the Dutch portrait painters, while the landscapes of the XVIII century are considered to be the strong part of British art. The connoisseurs would appreciate the portraits by Joseph Wright of Derby, Reynolds, and also many canvases which depict the scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. 

Walker art gallery sculpture room
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The Present

Owing to the interactive gallery, every guest can trace the smooth switch from the Victorian to the modern British art. If you pay attention to the pieces of furniture and ceramics, you can pick up how the certain period influenced the bearing of either exponent.

There’s a cafe in the central marble hall of the museum, where you can rest and grab a cup of a real English tea without stopping admiring the art. Nowadays, the Walker Art Gallery is considered to be one of the most popular attractions in Great Britain.

After having studied the arts, it’s time to get acquainted with the church architecture of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral which won the first place in the worldwide design competition.

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