The The Walker Art Gallery was opened in 1877 to house the art collection of the Liverpool Royal Institute. This collection was started in the early nineteenth century when the Institute acquired 37 painting from local parliamentarian and noted abolitionist William Roscoe. It now has one of the biggest art collections in the UK, outside of London
Over the years, the Institute continued to grow their collection by acquiring paintings and fine artworks from artists and art dealers across the country. By the time that the Institute’s was permanently housed in the Walker Art Gallery, it contained hundreds of different works.
At present, the Gallery includes collections around a variety of different themes, including; Italian and Netherlandish artwork dating from 1300-1550, European artworks from 1550 – 1900, British art from the 18th and 19th century, and a collection of artwork from the 20th century. There is also a large sculpture gallery.
In addition to the permanent collections which are on display at the Walker Art Gallery, there is also the opportunity to see temporary exhibitions. Check on the gallery’s website to find out details of any temporary exhibitions so that you can make the most of your visit.
For more information visit – http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/walker/