Williamson Art Gallery & Museum: From Birkenhead to Anglesey: An artist rediscovered

Williamson Art Gallery & Museum: From Birkenhead to Anglesey: An artist rediscovered
Williamson Art Gallery & Museum: From Birkenhead to Anglesey: An artist rediscovered


Venue: Williamson Art Gallery & Museum
Dates: 01/01/2022 - 26/01/2022
Times: All Day


Williamson Art Gallery & Museum

From Birkenhead to Anglesey: An artist rediscovered. Curated by Charles Nugent

For the first time, this exhibition brings together George Cockram’s paintings from across his career. By the early 1890s, Cockram (1861-1950) was a successful artist with an established reputation. He regularly commanded three figure sums for his works – substantial amounts for the period. Presented chronologically, this exhibition recognises Cockram’s accomplishments and begins to redress his recent obscurity.

Born at 51 Thomas Street close to the centre of Birkenhead, Cockram studied at the Liverpool School of Art under John Finnie between 1876 and 1884. He regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy in London, at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and at the Royal Cambrian Academy in Conwy, as well as in exhibitions in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, and as far afield as New Zealand. His works are in a number of public collections throughout Britain including here at the Williamson, Walker Art Gallery, Ferens Art Gallery, Tate and Oriel Môn.

Much of what is known about Cockram is taken from newspaper articles and reviews, letters and receipts for paintings. These are brought vividly to life in this exhibition and illustrated book by Charles Nugent, which is on sale in the gallery for £15. Several of the paintings have been sold and withdrawn from the exhibition, though they are all illustrated in the catalogue with detailed entries; the numbering has been retained to match the published catalogue. All the numbered paintings are for sale.

We are grateful to Charles Nugent for amassing and preserving this incredible collection. In galleries 4 and 5 until 26th February 2022.