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Liverpool painter W.G. Herdman
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Alice



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:22 pm    Post subject: Liverpool painter W.G. Herdman  Reply with quote

William Gawin Herdman (also known as W. G. Herdman; 1805–1882) was an English author and painter, known for his scenes in the Liverpool area of England.
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Herdman was a self-taught painter who started sketching in his early teens, documenting the city of Liverpool, making notes about how the city and its buildings were changing as the city grew.  Herdman painted around 2,000 water color of Liverpool scenes which were included in the book, “Herdman’s Liverpool” which appeared in several editions after his death in 1882.

Herdman is best known as landscape painter, typically of scenes around Liverpool. Herdman exhibited landscapes at the Royal Academy from 1834 to 1861. He joined the Liverpool Academy of Arts in 1836. In 1857 he left the Liverpool Academy over their annual award to Sir John Everett Millais for his “Blind Girl.” Herdman then established the rival Institution of Fine Arts. The local academies were run along similar lines to the Royal Academy, holding exhibitions of the work of local artists alongside that of leading artists of the day including John Landseer and his son Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, as well as Ford Maddox Brown, Holman Hunt and Millais. Because of conflicts within the Artist Community, both Academies closed by 1870.

Herdman was a teacher and a successful commercial artist. He took commissions and after completing a series of paintings of scenes around Liverpool, which were also used to illustrate Herdman's books. The “Pictorial Relics of Ancient Liverpool” contained 62 drawings on 49 plates, which he published in 1843 and 1856. Other publications include “A Treatise of Curvilinear Perspectives and its applications to Art” published in 1854[ and “Thoughts on Speculative cosmology and the principles of Art” published in 1870.

Personal life

Herdman had 11 sons and five daughters; some were successful artists in their own right: William, William Patrick, John Innes and Stanley. At least one of his daughters was an art teacher.  Herdman's son, also called William, was a very successful painter. Watercolors signed in full or with the initials WGH are by Herdman senior. Those signed “William Herdman” are by his son.

Herdman was appointed secretary of the Liverpool Society, but found himself at odds with the membership. Herdman painted from real life, not the imaginary world of the Pre-Raphaelites and he objected when the Pre-Raphaelites were continually awarded the Academy’s annual prizes. Herdman resigned in 1857 and the following year, he founded the Liverpool Society of Fine Arts. The rivalry between the two institutions resulted in the closure of both, the Society in 1862 and the Academy in 1865.

Herdman lived at 41 Domingo Vale, Everton. Herdman's obituary is in the Liverpool Mercury, Saturday 1 April 1882.

Colin Simpson, who was curator of the Williamson Art Gallery in Birkenhead, said Herdman “was known to take the Mersey ferry, walk as far as he could in half an hour or so and then sketch what he saw. Views of New Brighton and Eastham were favorites” of Herdman, as was one particular hostelry in Rock Ferry has about 10 versions.

A wide selection of Herdman work is stored in the William Brown Library and Museum in Liverpool.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's interesting Alice, cheers for sharing it..

11 Daughters and 5 sons...... Shocked  now wonder his wife walked like that.......
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everton Village, Old Cottage Nr. Everton Road. 1856





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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's lovely Alice, hard to believe Everton was like that, so rural!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those who live there must wish it was still like that.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everton actually looks much better, now there's parkland,and new housing! In those day's,mainly upper class people lived around there,in large houses,and even mansions!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Old Cottage, Kirkdale. Shows an old cottage with new (Victorian) houses and countryside in background. 1862

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's fantastic Alice. I love the cottages.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barbie, what a lovely painter he was.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes he was. Isn't it amazing how that is a new and old picture, regarding the buildings, and now the Victorian buildings are our oldies that we compare to the new stuff being built now.


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