"Lady Lever Gallery at Port Sunlight." Port Sunlight Things to Do Tip by aadil
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The elegant Lady Lever Gallery houses the personal collection built up by Lord and Lady Lever, and is particularly good in Pre-Raphaelite art. There is The Blessed Damozel by Dante Gabrielle Rossetti, several works by John Everett Millais - The Black Brunswicker, Cymon and Iphegenia and Sir Isumbras at the Ford - all of these being key works, and by Holman Hunt there is one version of The Scapegoat. Burne-Jones is represented by The Annunciation, with amazing drapery, the important The Beguiling of Merlin and The Tree of Foregiveness.
John William Waterhouse has The Decameron and The Enchanted Garden, and his follower H. J. Draper has a nude in a landscape entitled The Kelpie and a complete study for The Lament for Icarus. The Classicists are represented by Watts (small version of And She Shall Be Created Woman), by Alma Tadema's In the Tepidarium, and by very important pictures by Leighton - Garden of the Hesperides, Psamathe, The Daphnephoria and Fatidica.
There are many good paintings by other Victorians. Herkomer has one of his best pictures, The Last Muster, and there is an Alma-Tademaesque Al Fresco Toilet by Luke Fildes. Genre paintings include little girls by the Hon. John Collier (A Water Baby, used as a Pear's Soap advert) and by G. D. Leslie (This is the Way We Wash our Clothes), J. F. Bacon's The Wedding Morning and Dendy Sadler's End of the Skein. Louise Jopling has Blue and White and E. F. Brickdale has a picture of Leonardo showing a model called The Forerunner. Important works by artists also known as illustrators are Fred Walker's The Bathers, Anning Bell's A Spring Revel, and the magnum opus of E. J. Gregory, Boulter's Lock. Many other artists are found in the collection, including Farquharson, Orchardson, J. M. Swan and Dicksee.
In short, the Lady Lever Gallery is one of the best places to see Pre-Raphaelite and other Victorian art, and well worth the trip across the Mersey river by metro (train).
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