Raphael by John Warrington Wood (1839-1886). Marble, 8 feet, 8 inches high. Inscribed “RAPHAEL / Born 1483 Died 1520.”

The entrance sculptures, frieze and crowning figure of "Spirit of Liverpool" on the Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool, are all” by John Warrington Wood, and were installed for the opening in 1877. The entrance sculptures are badly worn, and part of the right arm and foot of Raphael have been broken off; the "Spirit of Liverpool" has had to be replaced” by a replica (see commentary of the Walker Art Gallery). However, the relief panels over the windows depicting royal visits to Liverpool are in good condition. These show the laying of the gallery's foundation stone” by the Duke of Edinburgh in 1874; Queen Victoria visiting the city in 1851 (part of which is shown here); King John granting the burgesses of Liverpool the city's first charter in 1207; and the embarkation of King William III at Hoylake in 1690 (see Cavanagh 298).

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Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee. [You may use this image without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL.]


Cavanagh, Terry. Public Sculpture of Liverpool. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1997.

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