Knowsley Hall Special Exhibition: By Land And Sea

One of the region’s grandest stately homes is preparing to open its doors to the public for its annual open week

Lord and Lady Derby are inviting the public into their home next month, filled with displays from the Derby Collection. By Land and Sea, a special exhibition, showcase some of the finest landscapes, still lifes and marine paintings from the collection.

These works were created by Dutch, French, English and Italian painters working between the mid-seventeenth and early nineteenth centuries. Pictures by Dutch artists include a magnificent composition from Antonie de Lorme (Interior of the Church of Saint Laurens, Rotterdam); an unusual marine view by Abraham Storck (Arctic Whaling Scene); and a series of four outstanding paintings by Willem van de Velde the Younger, showing the different stages of a devastating Anglo-Dutch naval engagement: The Four Days Battle: 1st to 4th June 1666.

Also on display will be a pair of attractive flower pieces by the Franco-Flemish artist, Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer, who mainly lived in Paris, but worked and died in London during the 1690s. From the English school there will be a fine landscape by George Morland, showing sportsmen and villagers outside a country inn, alongside a pair of views of river scenes with boatyards. These two works, which were signed and dated 1808, are painted by the accomplished marine painter, John Thomas Serres.

Dr Stephen Lloyd, Curator of the Derby Collection, comments: “Members of the public can tour the hall for one week a year, and this autumn they have the opportunity to view some of the rarely seen old master paintings from the collection.”

“This is a special opportunity for interested visitors and art-lovers, to tour and enjoy one of Merseyside’s most historic stately homes and we are delighted to welcome everyone here again this autumn.”

From Monday 2nd – Friday 6th October 2017.

To purchase your tickets go online to:

Price is £15.50 per person and includes a guided tour of the Hall with tea, coffee and biscuits.


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