The Walker Art gallery in Liverpool is located on the William Brown Street. This gallery is considered to be a gallery having largest art collections in England or out of London. The gallery building was designed by a local architect Cornelius Sherlock and H.H. Vale. It was opened to the public in 1877. It has been named after its founder, Sir Andrew Barclay Walker. This is a neoclassical art gallery building.
Historical Perspective of Walker Art Gallery:
The idea of building an art gallery in Liverpool was put forth by Andrew Barclay Walker, a Liverpool brewer. For making this gallery Walker donated an amount of £ 20,000. Due to its extensive art collections the Walker Art Gallery is also called as the National Gallery of North. For more than hundred and twenty years the gallery showcases the most stunning art collection of Liverpool. Many important works of the gallery are on display in Liverpool for the past 200 years. The collection and the history of the Walker Art Gallery speak of the dedication and interest of the locals towards art.
Permanent Collections at Walker Art Gallery:
The Walker Art Gallery is known for having one of the best collections of fine and decorative artworks. At present the gallery holds an extensive collection of paintings from Italy and Netherlands spanning from 1350 to 1550. The range of European art spans from 1550 to 1990 it includes works of Poussin, Rembrandt and Degas. The 18th and 19th century British art includes a vast collection of Pre- Raphaelite works and Victorian paintings. Its collection also includes watercolors, drawings and prints. The works of artists of the 20th century such as David Hockney, Gilbert, Lucian Freud and George are displayed here. In its collection, the gallery also holds a number of John Moore paintings. These paintings and art works are exhibited annually in exhibitions and auctions. The gallery holds a series of important sculpture collections from London.
The gallery remains open every day from 10 am to 5 pm. It remains closed only on three days every year 25th and 26th December and on 1st of January.