Autumn exhibition of pictures, in oil and water-colours: the seventeenth (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), 1887
End Date: 1887
Type: Annual exhibition
Description: 1,279 works exhibited.
£4,791 19s. 0d. receipts on sales.
55,428 visitors (based on paid admissions to this particular exhibition).
Policy: The exhibition was started in 1871 because 'The Library, Museum and Education Committee consider[ed] it desirable in the interests of Art [...]' (Liverpool autumn exhibition of modern pictures, 1871, p. 2). Its success was immediate. The receipts not only defrayed all costs but also '[...] supplied a handsome surplus to be devoted to the purposes of Art' (19th Annual Report, 1871, p. 5). As a result the autumn exhibition became an annual event.
The instructions issued to exhibitors were as follows:
'All works of Art intended for Exhibition (which must not have been previously exhibited in Liverpool) must be sent addressed to the Curator, Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool[...] Arrangements have been made to meet the convenience of Metropolitan Artists for the transmission of their Works, at their own cost and risk, through Mr. James Bourlet, 17 Nassau Street, Middlesex Hospital, London.
A note [...] must be sent by post, and addressed to the Curator at Liverpool, giving the prices [...] and describing the works ads they are meant to be inserted in the Catalogue (quotations and narratives will be subject to the approval of the Acting Committee). At the back of each [work] must be written in full the name and Address of the Artist, the Title of the Picture and Number (if there are more than one)[...] The strict attention of Artists to these regulations is earnestly requested, so as to ensure accuracy in the catalogue. The absence of the Price List frequently interferes with the sale of [works of art].
[...] A Commission of Five per Cent (upon the catalogue prices) will be charged upon all works sold whilst in the possession of the Committee, whether by the Artist or the Committee.
The Committee are not responsible for, nor do they encourage any offers for Works not made through the Local Secretary; and they will be happy to receive any intimations from contributing Artists that none but Catalogue Prices would be acceptable.
All Works contributed by Members or Associates of the Royal Academy that may be sold at this Exhibition, are purchased subject to the condition that the Artist be allowed to exhibit such Work at the ensuing Exhibition of the Academy, the purchase money to be paid at the close of the Local Exhibition.
The utmost care will be taken of all Works of Art sent for the Exhibition; but the Committee will not be responsible for any damage or injury, whether in transit or whilst under their control, caused by fire or otherwise' (Instructions from 'Liverpool autumn exhibition of modern pictures', 1871, pp. 3-4).
Display Arrangement: Sculpture was displayed in Rooms 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and in the Vestibule.
Organizing Institution or Venue
Organized by Walker Art Gallery
Exhibitors included Fitzgerald Cornwall Peploe
My First Love (cat. no. 1244, marble, £25).
Exhibitors included Frank Fisher
Imogen (cat. no. 1245, marble, £42).
Exhibitors included Frederick Thomas Callcott
Progress (cat. no. 1246, plaster, price in bronze listed as £60); Reading Pickwick (cat. no. 1275, £8 8s.).
Exhibitors included E. Griffiths
Bust of Lady (cat. no. 1247, plaster, not for sale); The late Alex. Balfour, Esq. (cat. no. 1248, plaster, not for sale); The late Lewis Edwards, DD, of Bala College (cat. no. 1272, plaster statuette, not for sale); Sir Hugh Owen (cat. no. 1278, statuette in plaster, not for sale).
Exhibitors included Joseph Rogerson
Rev. Hugh Stowell Brown (cat. no. 1249, plaster statuette, not for sale); Rev. Hugh Stowell Brown (cat. no. 1250, plaster bust, not for sale); Her Majesty the Queen (cat. no. 1257, marble, £20).
Exhibitors included John Alexander Paterson MacBride
Model bust of Philip James Bailey, author of 'Festus' (Life Study for proposal Statue) (cat. no. 1251, plaster, not for sale).
Exhibitors included Frederick William Pomeroy
Giotto (cat. no. 1252, not for sale).
Exhibitors included Thomas Stirling Lee
Medallion (cat. no. 1253, marble, not for sale).
Exhibitors included Samuel M. Fox
Wash'd Ashore (cat. no. 1254, plaster, not for sale; A Child of the Lagoons (cat. no. 1256, bronze, not for sale).
Exhibitors included John Hargreaves Bond
Puck (cat. no. 1255, plaster statuette, price in marble listed as £105); Fred Archer (cat. no. 1260, bronze, £16 16s.).
Exhibitors included J. S. Canton
(1) Mikado, (2) Pooh Bah, (3) Three Little Maids from School (cat. no. 1258, £5 5s.); An Allegory (cat. no. 1259, terracotta, £5 5s.).
Exhibitors included Katherine Anne Fraser-Tytler
A Child of the South (cat. no. 1261, terracotta, £10 10s.); A Child of the South (cat. no. 1266, terracotta, £10 10s.).
Exhibitors included L. Henrietta Brown
An Arabian (cat. no. 1262, terracotta, £5); Cupid Cutting his Bow (cat. no. 1268, plaster, £10 10s.); A. Colley (cat. no. 1270, bronze, £30); Une Chauson (cat. no. 1273, £12); A Cat (cat. no. 1276, £7).
Exhibitors included Edward Caldwell Spruce
E. R. Crosse, Esq. (cat. no. 1263, terracotta, not for sale).
Exhibitors included Henrietta Marcus
'It might have been!' (cat. no. 1264, plaster, £4 4s.).
Exhibitors included (Edward) Alfred Briscoe Drury
The First Lesson (cat. no. 1265, terracotta, £8).
Exhibitors included William Rowlands Ingram
Sabrina (cat. no. 1267, plaster, £10 10s.).
Exhibitors included Horace Montford
Psyche Faints (cat. no. 1269, bronze, £10 10s.).
Exhibitors included Mary Redmond
The Good Husband (cat. no. 1271, terracotta, £7); The Happy Wife (cat. no. 1279, terracotta, £7 - listed in the catalogue as M. Redmond).
Exhibitors included Alice Mary Chaplin
The Stray Chicken's Fate (cat. no. 1274, £1 1s.).
Exhibitors included Robert. H Macleod
Puck (cat. no. 1277, not for sale).
Citing this record
'Autumn exhibition of pictures, in oil and water-colours: the seventeenth (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool), 1887', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/event.php?id=ann_1278346668, accessed 10 Oct 2015]