When: 4th May – 7th October 2018, 10am – 5pm
Where: Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight Village, Wirral CH62 5EQ
£: Free admission
What is it?
Works by two of the most influential and innovative etchers, James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) and Joseph Pennell (1857-1926), will go on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery from 4th May to 7th October.
Whistler and Pennell: Etching the City will feature 38 prints that capture the changing landscape of two major cities, New York and London (and their surrounding areas), in the final years of the industrial revolution.
The artists shared an interest in architecture, engineering and industry. Whistler’s etchings of London capture the individual characteristics of the city and its workers. Ships, sailors, cargo, smoke and warehouses give a sense of working life on the River Thames in the mid-19th century.
Made 50 years later and inspired by Whistler, Pennell’s views of New York skyscrapers show the city growing and the accompanying gritty etchings of neighbouring steel, coal and oil works give some insight into the industries powering the city’s expansion.
The exhibition will be drawn entirely from the Walker Art Gallery’s collection of more than 8,000 works on paper, which spans from the early Medieval and Renaissance period to the present day, and features works of international significance.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of free activities for all ages, including a line drawing workshop and a talk on the industrial revolution.
The Lady Lever Art Gallery houses one of the UK’s greatest collections of fine and decorative art. Following a programme of restoration, the galleries have been returned to their original architectural design and more than 1,500 objects have been redisplayed, including the best collection of Wedgwood jasperware in the world, one of the finest collections of Chinese porcelain in Europe, and 18th century paintings, furniture and sculpture.
More info: www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ladylever