I've been to Liverpool a few times to visit the Walker Gallery and the Lady Lever Gallery and have always longed for a catalogue of their collections. The ones I had did not do the collections justice as Liverpool has an astonishing array of works, enhanced by the separate collections that have amassed them. Together with Sudeley House, they seem to give you three different sides to the Victorian collecting mileau: The 'official', municipal collection as represented by the Walker Gallery in the middle of Liverpool, the unusual, philanthropic feel of the Lady Lever Gallery in its own little village, Port Sunlight, an entirely artificial eden for the Lever Brother's factory workers, and Sudeley House, a Victorian merchant's house with a collection that feels less public somehow. Anyway, all three combine to make a spectacular collection. After all, look who calls it home...
|The Scapegoat (1856) William Holman Hunt|
|The Stonebreaker (1857-8) John Brett|
|Isabella (1848-9) J E Millais|
|Waiting: An English Fireside in the Winter of 1854-5 (1851-5) Ford Madox Brown|
Second chapter is The Later Pre-Raphaelites, the second generation emerging after the late 1850s, including Ned Burne-Jones, Arthur Hughes and Frederick Sandys.
|The Annunciation (1879) Edward Burne-Jones|
|Helen of Troy (1867) Frederick Sandys|
|A Music Party (1864) Arthur Hughes|
|The Expulsion from Eden (1900) John Roddam Spencer Stanhope|
The last chapter is about Pre-Raphaelite artists who hail from Liverpool. You would get extra points if you knew any of these well, other than William Lindsay Windus. Most people only know Windus for Too Late, but it is nice to see pictures such as The Young Duke and Burd Helen illustrated here.
|Burd Helen (1856) William Lindsay Windus|
|Music Versus Work (1864) Joseph Edward Worrall|
At £19.99 it's more expensive than I expected, but I see that you can already buy it for around £13 on Amazon. I think it is worth £20 of your money as it is a well thought-out product and gives you information on Liverpool's place in Pre-Raphaelite collections. They have an astonishing array up there and I look forward to my visit later in the year when I go to Port Sunlight for the drawings of Burne-Jones.