Curators Ian Murphy & Alan Scarth with the 100 year old painting
The Liver Building looks a bit narrow to me.
LIVERPOOL PANORAMA 1907
New acquisition. On display to the public from Monday September 3 2007
A stunning aerial view oil painting showing the Liverpool waterfront at the height of the city’s prosperity 100 years ago has been acquired by Merseyside Maritime Museum.
Modern Liverpool 1907 by Walter Richards shows existing buildings and some that were only planned when the painting was done. It captures the bustling atmosphere of the port when it was the Second City of the British Empire, celebrating its 700th anniversary.
A Cunard liner which could be either the Mauretania or her ill-fated sister Lusitania is moored at the Prince’s Stage while smaller ships and ferries can be seen nearby.
The pace-setting Liver Building is depicted although it was not completed until 1911. Other buildings unfinished when the painting was done include the Anglican Cathedral – shown with twin towers as originally planned.
Docks which have long gone include the George’s Dock on the site of the Cunard Building and the Manchester Dock where the new Museum of Liverpool is being built.
Tony Tibbles, director of Merseyside Maritime Museum, says: “This remarkable panorama is an important addition to our collection of Liverpool waterfront views dating from 1680 to the 1960s.
“Here ships, streets and buildings are painted in painstaking detail. The artist has caught the smoky atmosphere of Edwardian Liverpool with its thousands of chimneys.
“This painting gives a fascinating insight into the city at the height of its powers. It is so realistic you can almost hear the ships’ hooters and the cries of the seagulls.