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Spirit of Liverpool, Michelangelo and Raphael, and Royal Visits

John Warrington Wood
1877-78

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Description

The Walker Art Gallery was designed by local architects Cornelius Sherlock and H. H. Vale, and was opened on 6 September 1877 by Edward Henry Stanley, 15th Earl of Derby.
On the roof is a statue Spirit of Liverpool; the entrance is flanked by marble statues of Michelangelo and Raphael. There are three friezes showing four royal visits to Liverpool.

The Statues, 1877

Liverpool - Spirit of Liverpool, Michelangelo and Raphael, and Royal Visits
Spirit of Liverpool 1877, 1996 marble replica.
A seated female figure with a castellated, holding a trident in her right hand, and having her left hand resting on a ship's propeller and a cotton bale. On this bales stands a liver bird.
NB. See also the 2015 Spirit of Liverpool.
Liverpool - Spirit of Liverpool, Michelangelo and Raphael, and Royal Visits
raphael / born 1483 died 1520
Raphael (Urbino 1483 - Rome 1520), Italian Renaissance painter and architect (Wikipedia).
Liverpool - Spirit of Liverpool, Michelangelo and Raphael, and Royal Visits
michael angelo / born 1483 died 1583
Michelangelo (Caprese 1475 - Rome 1564), Italian sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and engineer of the High Renaissance (Wikipedia).

The Friezes, 1878

Liverpool - Spirit of Liverpool, Michelangelo and Raphael, and Royal Visits
Frieze west facade: The Laying of the Foundation Stone of the Walker Art Gallery by the Duke of Edinburgh [Prince Alfred] in September 1874.
Liverpool - Spirit of Liverpool, Michelangelo and Raphael, and Royal Visits
Frieze front facade, west side: The Visit of Queen Victoria in 1851.
Liverpool - Spirit of Liverpool, Michelangelo and Raphael, and Royal Visits
Frieze front facade, east side: King John granting the First Charter to the burgesses of Liverpool, A.D. 1207.
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Frieze east facade: The Embarkation of King William III and his army at Hoylake in 1690.

Sculptor

Sources & Information

Tags

  • Alfred (Duke of Edinburgh)
  • John Lackland
  • Liver Bird
  • Liverpool (allegory)
  • Michelangelo
  • Rafael (painter)
  • Victoria (Queen of Great-Britain)
  • William III (King of England and Stadhouder)
  • Wood, John Warrington
  • Locatie (N 53°24'35" - W 2°58'46") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

    Item Code: gbnw092; Photograph: 18 June 2023
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