Girl with Jug of Ale and Pipes

James Campbell1856

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Campbell's view seems to be in the Liverpool or Everton area looking south across the city, with a church tower, probably St. Luke’s, in the background. The girl’s face appears angelic and the circular bonnet carries the suggestion of a halo. This innocence is slightly contradicted by her action - she is depicted carefully carrying beer and clay pipes from the local public house.

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  • Title: Girl with Jug of Ale and Pipes
  • Creator: James Campbell
  • Date Created: 1856
  • tag / style: Pre-Raphaelite; James Campbell; girl; jug; ale; pipe; Liverpool; Everton; shawl; bonnet
  • subject: Liverpool
  • Physical Dimensions: w305 x h387 cm (Without frame)
  • Artwork History: Formerly owned by the Liverpool patron of the Pre-Raphaelites, John Miller.
  • Artist biographical information: James Campbell was a genre and landscape painter. During the greater part of his career he was known as James Campbell Junior to distinguish him from his father of the same name. His work for a time showed the influence of the Pre-Raphaelites. He started broadening his style in 1862 and at the end of that year moved to London, where he unsuccessfully tried to pursue his career until the mid-1870s. His later work showed a considerable falling off and late in life he became blind.
  • Additional artwork information: To learn more about the Walker Art Gallery’s Pre-Raphaelite collection follow this link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/online/pre-raphaelites/
  • Type: Oil on board
  • Rights: Purchased in 1969


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