Sudley House

Sudley House in the Aigburth area of Liverpool is now open to the public as an art gallery and museum which contains the extensive collection of former president George Holt. Holt was an influential ship owner and merchant from the area.

Much of the home has now been restored to resemble its aesthetic appearance whilst Holt resided there. There is a small introduction to Holt, which explains his role in the history of Liverpool and the significance of his business. In addition to Holt’s art collection, there are also exhibitions on historic clothing and rooms showing what it would have been like to grow up during the Victorian era. These rooms show toys, games and examples of meals that would have been eaten by both rich and poor children. The Clothing Room regularly host temporary exhibits of historic clothing from around the world.

Holt’s art collection includes many beautiful examples of works by prominent British painters. Highlights of the collection include; Vanessa by John Everett Millais; Weaving the Wreath by Frederic Lord Leighton; Angel playing a Flageolet by Edward Burne-Jones; and The Finding of the Saviour in the Temple by William Holman Hunt. There are also a few works by other European artists too.

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