Lawrence Stephen Lowry’s painting of Liverpool’s waterfront is to go on display in the city later this week.
‘The Liver Buildings, Liverpool’ depicts a bustling River Mersey with the famous Three Graces in the background.
Lowry’s work, which it’s thought he painted in 1950, will go on display at the Walker Art Gallery this Friday (8 December).
The painting was last displayed at the Walker in 1973 as part of a Lowry exhibition held to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Liverpool Trades Council.
It will now be displayed alongside two other works by the artist: ‘The Waterloo Dock, Liverpool (1962)’, also on loan to the gallery, and ‘The Fever Van (1935)’, part of the Walker’s collection.
Ann Bukantas, head of fine art at National Museums Liverpool, says: “The gallery has been interested in displaying this painting for more than a decade, after we were given an opportunity to examine it closely and carry out further research into it.
“Lowry painted only a small number of Liverpool scenes, therefore this work is very rare. To receive it on long term loan and make it available to our visitors is truly fantastic. It’s the perfect early Christmas present for art lovers in Liverpool and we look forward to hearing people’s responses to the painting.”
The Liver Buildings, Liverpool was formerly owned by Mr AD Fisher. He was the head accountant at the Aintree-based Vernons football pools company. Fisher and the company’s managing director George Kennerley together acquired 33 Lowry paintings in 1970.
The Fisher / Kennerley collection of paintings were exhibited at Crane Kalman Gallery, London, in 1984, when The Liver Buildings, Liverpool was sold to a private collection. It remained there until the renewed involvement of Crane Kalman Gallery led to the painting’s recent arrival at the Walker.