Victorian Treasures

For my birthday, we spent the day in Liverpool and had a lovely time looking at the wonderful Sculptures and the Victorian Treasures Exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery. I was particularly interested in this exhibition as it showcases works by my favourite Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. We also visited Rococo for lunch which was featured in a post over at Lorraine’s Arts n Crafts, thanks so much for the recommendation, it was fab and we had a wonderful time! I created this page to remember this special day.

To represent the sculptures that we saw, on the left hand side of the page I created a white marble effect by applying white gesso and then Black Soot Distress Ink using a paint brush and baby wipe. I added some fine details to the marble veins using a black Uni Pin marker and then I covered it all with white gesso to push the design into the background and then added some white acrylic paint to increase the whiteness. I fussy cut the urn and bust from a booklet and used the flyer from the Victorian Treasures exhibition on the right hand side of the page also adding torn papers from a Design Pad. These represent the beautiful wallpapers we saw in the Gallery and at Rococo. I edged the torn papers with Cold Grey Faber-Castell marker and like all of the elements I stuck them to the page using a UHU Stic. Many of my favourite paintings had ornate gold frames so I added a beautiful gold foil doily that I bought in a local charity shop (thrift store). Being inspired by the wonderful décor and meal we had at Rococo, I added their logo from a loyalty card that we collected during our visit, along with a chandelier which I had stamped onto the same wallpaper style paper, a clock to show our lunch time visit and a teapot, teacup and saucer to depict the tea that we enjoyed with our meal. The clock and tea things are outline stickers which I coloured with a Sharpie marker and Faber-Castell Big Brush markers. To finish I coloured the original flowers printed on the urn image with green Derwent Inktense pencils so they looked like foliage and added the peachy pink resin blooms using Ranger Glossy Accents to stick them down.

As this page shows you our magical time at the Art Gallery and Rococo discovering Victorian treasures, I’m pleased to be able to join Hazel who is hosting the “Magical Mystery Tour” challenge over at Art Journal Journey.

The Walker Art Gallery dates back to 1877 and houses one of the largest art collections in England, outside of London. It is a majestic example of Victorian neo-classical architecture and is situated on William Brown Street which is the only street in the UK to consist of just museums, galleries and libraries. We were happily surprised to find that we were able to take photos in the gallery as long as no flash was used.

There is so much to see and we had a fantastic time exploring the different rooms and discovering the treasures within, this is a photo of one of the walls of beautiful paintings in Room One exhibiting “Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation” art.

Victorian Treasures brings together more than 60 outstanding Victorian paintings and watercolours from the art collections of National Museums Liverpool. The painting shown here is “Helen of Troy” by Fredrick Sandys, she made me smile as she looks so grumpy. Sandys was great friends with one of my favourite artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti so his female portraits were sometimes inspired by Rossetti’s work, hence the porcelain skin and red hair of this sullen beauty.

I adore Pre-Raphaelite artists and there were some stunning examples by John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt.  This is a beautiful painting is “Dante’s Dream” by Rossetti and is his largest ever painting.

Here’s another one of Rossetti’s beauties called “Sibylla Palmifera”.

On the ground floor there is a Sculpture Gallery, with the most amazing marble artworks about 120 in total. It was my hubby’s favourite exhibition and as you can see the lighting and ambiance of the room was stunning.  The statue in the glass case is, another Victorian treasure, the “Tinted Venus” by John Gibson dated circa 1851-1856.

This beautiful lady is by Liverpool born artist Benjamin Edward Spence called “Highland Mary” and the fairy is “Puck” from Midsummer’s Nights Dream by American artist Harriet Hosmer.

We really enjoyed this part of the Walker Art Gallery, so much so that we went back for a second look on our way out of the building.

After visiting the gallery, we headed to Rococo which is situated in this historic building on Lord Street and was designed by a well known Liverpool architect called Edmund Kirby in 1882. The facade has a brown sandstone Gothic pierced quatrefoil parapet and has over glazed brickwork in a lozenge pattern. During the war, 90% of the buildings between Lord Street and Albert dock were destroyed and this building was left standing all by itself. If you look at the photo again you’ll see the modern buildings that were built either side of this special Victorian treasure.

We sat at the table by an old parlor organ and helped ourselves to a very welcome drink of water infused with lemon and mint while we chose from the menu.

We decided to have a Club sandwich to share and a cake each; I had a Lemon and Poppy Seed Muffin whilst my hubby had a Malteser (malt ball) Slice. We had a very nice pot of green tea each too, so I’m pleased to be joining my friends over at T Stands for Tuesday – Happy T Day!

Here’s my birthday photo with my hubby, we had such a wonderful time in Liverpool!

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic (White)
  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot)
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Faber-Castell Big Brush Pitt artist pen (Sanguine 188 B, Cold Grey IV 233, Black 199)
  • Drewent Inktense Ink Pencils (Teal Green 1300, Field Green 1500, Leaf Green 1600, Charcoal Grey 2100)
  • Uni Pin Fine Line marker (Black 0.1mm)
  • Craft Sensations (Clear Stamps CR0274/16R2)
  • Walker Art Gallery Victorian Treasures flyer
  • Gallery booklet
  • Rococo loyalty card
  • Creative Expressions Design Pad (Vintage Romance CRO730/R)
  • Woolworths (Foil Doyleys)
  • Anita’s Outline Stickers (Alice in Wonderland ANT810116)
  • Trimcraft A Beautiful Life (Resin Flowers LCFLW001)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • UHU Stic

50 thoughts on “Victorian Treasures

  1. Oh Wow! Haven’t been to the Walker art gallery for years – when I was at college in Liverpool I used to call in all the time! I have never been to Roccoco either so I am thinking a trip to Liverpool is on the cards! Your look very happy with your Birthday treat! When you go over to Elizabeth’s blog you may find it helpful to scroll the link box to the top of your computer screen, same goes for commenting – as you get to the top a line appears when you click on what you want to do! I didn’t have a problem linking but I did when trying to leave a comment! Hope that helps! Happy T day and Happy Easter! Hugs, Chrisx

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    • Thanks so much for your help, much appreciated 🙂 . I managed to post my link and comment this morning – yay! Liverpool is one of my favourite places to visit and we had a wonderful time. Hope you get to go too, the exhibition and Rococo were amazing 🙂 . Happy T Day and Happy Easter! J 🙂


  2. yeahhh..I am so glad you visited my favourite cafe and what a wonderful photo of you too..belated birthday wishes. The cafe is one of those gems that locals tend to know about compared to the overpriced cafes opposite in L1..lovely page to remember it by too.

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  3. That looks a fabulous gallery you visited, wonderful paintings and exhibits.
    I loved your journal page, its a great memory keeper for you of a special day out.
    Your food looked delicious and its a lovely photo of you both.
    Like Chris I scrolled the comment box and the link box to the very top of my computer screen.
    I needed to get the actual word I needed to click, to the very top before it worked.
    Sometimes it works, sometimes not. I had 3 goes adding the link for today.
    Happy T Day
    Yvonne xx

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    • Thanks so much for your lovely comments and much appreciated help regarding the links 🙂 . I managed to join the party this morning – yeeeaah! The exhibition was wonderful, there was so much to see 🙂 . Rococo was a beautiful setting and our lunch was perfect! Thanks again and wishing you a Happy T Day! J 🙂


  4. What a fun day out. I always love seeing all your little mini-journeys. (And the pages you make to go with them too.) This looks like a cool museum. Rossetti has such an interesting style. It is Victorian. I can’t say I know very much about him, but I have seen and can recognize some of his work. Glad you shared your day out with us. happy T day. Hugs-Erika

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    • Thanks a lot Erica! We discovered many Victorian treasures on our visit to Liverpool and it was the perfect birthday treat, we had so much fun! Needless to say I loved creating this page and looking at it makes me smile 🙂 . Happy To Day! J 🙂


  5. The links are fixed, Jo. Your name is showing on the linky link, too. I’ve also added you to my left sidebar again. Sorry I’m so late getting here. I couldn’t work on my blog while my friend Scott was working on it, so that’s why I’m late visiting.

    I adore your AJJ entry. You put so much into each of your pages and it shows. I was so impressed with the list of materials you used, too.

    I was so, so glad you showed the Medieval period paintings. I LOVE them, mainly because they predate DaVinci showing how people should be drawn. They are so childlike, yet there s no doubt as to what and who they are.

    The facade at Rococo reminds me of my ceramic houses. It is a gem. I was impressed to learn how it had survived war.

    Your sandwich and desserts look so yummy. I like both choices. And your tea looks hot and welcoming.

    Thanks for taking us to the Walker Art Gallery, then on to Rococo for T this Tuesday.

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    • Thank you, I loved our visit to Liverpool and creating this page! The medeival paintings are amazing, if you click the “rooms” link on my post, it will take you to the Walker Art Gallery website where you can view more paintings if you are interested. Wishing you a very Happy T Day! J 🙂


  6. Jo i hardly know where to begin… I’m thinking you are one lucky gal that your hubby doesn’t mind going to art Thank you so much for taking me with you… The works of art are just breathtaking.. i especially loved that red headed lass Helen of Troy and the sculptures!! That was an amazing story about that building too.. Happy T day hugs! deb

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  7. great composition on your collaged page Jo! And thanks so much for taking the time to share your step outs and materials used. What a lovely birthday you had! Gorgeous meal, and that museum-oh how I would LOVE this one!! I am even looking at the wallpapers behind those brilliant paintings:) Thanks for sharing and happy T day!

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  8. Hello you two cute party people…out and about having a wonderful time!
    Helen of Troy looks a bit fierce too LOL.
    What a splendid array of artworks OH MY! I would have been over the moon there for sure.
    AND your special lunch setting looks just right too.
    Mr M and I split dishes often so we can try more things 😉
    Your journal page is splendid with the touches of gold and that beautiful “grumpy” miss looking down on it all.
    Loved being out and about with you here.
    I will miss you while I’m gone.
    Happy T Day dear Jo oxo

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    • Thank you so much dear Patty, you are too kind! We had such a fun day in Liverpool and we have such cherished memories of our visit 🙂 . You’ll have the most amazing time and I can’t wait to hear all about it 🙂 . Have fun dear Patty and wishing you happiness now and always! J 🙂


      • Thanks Patty, that is very kind of you! I’m so glad you liked visiting the Gallery so much that you have returned for a second look 🙂 . We’ve just enjoyed our late lunch so are now sitting down in our beach room (called that because of the decor) and relaxing – joyous! Hope you have had a lovely Easter weekend, wishing you happiness! J 🙂


  9. First of all Thank you for this wonderful page for Art-Journal-Journey dear Jo! I love it! Your posts are always a pleasure for me ! This one is no exception! What a fantastic exhibition! I am really impressed with all the fantastic art! And those restaurant! Wonderful! A gem, so good that it was not disturbed! The food looks very tempting to me and I love the happy photo of this lovely, beautiful couple!
    Happy Easter!
    Happy T – Day!

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  10. Thank you so much for sharing photos of your gallery visit. That art is gorgeous, and it’s always inspiring to be able to see these works in person. Club sandwiches are a favorite of mine, and your food looks like the perfect celebratory meal 🙂

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  11. haha, helen of troy really Looks grumpy:)
    so nice you spent a great birthday in Liverpool! i should go there, too some day!
    btw, your hubby Loos beautiful, too. you are such a nice couple.

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  12. Happy Birthday to YOU!!!!! Boy did you celebrate in style ! Love the journal page to remind you of your outing. The outing itself is amazing..MY KIND OF DAY! and thank you so much for sharing it with us. Ole Helen certainly looks like she’s having a bad day I can relate some days . Thanks for stopping by my blog too 🙂

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  13. If I ever get to Liverpool, I know where I’ll be eating and I’ll be ordering a malt ball slice! The museum photos and your commentary are wonderful. I’m surprised they let visitors take close-up photos. I giggled at the grumpy Helen of Troy too. Somehow that’s not how I’d picture her 😉 What a nice tour you gave us.

    You made a great journal page to memorialize a special day. The thing I love about your pages is that every detail has significance.

    Happy T-day, Jo! Hugs, Eileen

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  14. Wow, what a museum! The paintings are beautiful, but I really loved the sculptures. Fascinating how an artist can take hard stone and make such soft, rounded forms. Fascinating history about the building, too. That chocolate cake is to die for. What a cute couple you and your hubby make. Looks like a lovely day, and you captured the day so perfectly in your journal page

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  15. What fabulous art works in that wonderful Gallery. Great idea to use a booklet on your fantastic page. Love the amazing image you put on it and the marble effect.
    Sorry, It seems that I missed your birthday. Happy Birthday Jo!
    Love your birthday photo!
    Mar 🙂

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  16. Oh Wow I so enjoyed going along with you to the galleries enjoyed all the photos!. A beautiful way to spend your birthday. Food looks delicious too.
    Happy T Day Kathy

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  17. Your journal page turned out so beautifully…you always give such thought to expressing and remembering the event you are commemorating! Truly lovely. and the museum visit is breathtaking! I am envious… 😉 happy T day!

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  18. I always look forward to reading your blog to see what you have created and where you have been. And I wasn’t disappointed. Your journal page is beautiful and it was great that you also showed us the pictures of the places that inspired you to make it.
    The museum looks wonderful. My hubby is not keen on museums s o we rarely visit, so I go on my own if I have the chance. I also like the pre-rafaellites. I agree that Helen of Troy looks like a grumpy child. The marble statues are breathtaking. So good that you were allowed to take pictures.
    I do like that building housing Rococo. I love beautiful buildings. The parapet and the glazed bricks are beautiful.
    The cafe looks like the sort of place I’d love to go. Love the water dispenser. It’s a little touch that doesn’t cost much to make people feel welcome. We bought one of those last year. We use it at parties filled with ice water and mint leaves or lemon slices. We freeze old plastic bottles full of water and then when needed we cut off the plastic (and discard) and the frozen column of water goes in that water dispenser which has a very large opening. We leave it in there upright and it will gently defrost and cool the water during the party. People can come and get water whenever they want and when the ice has gone I just get another one out of the freezer.
    And last but not least: what a great birthday photo of you and your man!
    Belated happy T-Day,


    • Thank you Lisca! We had a perfect day and for me the page commemorates it beautifully 🙂 . We have often thought of getting one of those water dispenses but the plastic taps on them seem a bit flimsy 🙂 . Yours sounds perfect though and your idea to freeze water in bottles will keep the water cool for ages – so clever 🙂 . Wishing you a Happy belated T Day too! J 🙂


  19. I love your journal page, it’s a wonderful way to remember your trip to Liverpool, it’s years since I’ve been to Liverpool and if I ever go again the museum will definitely be on my list of places to visit. Have a lovely Easter.
    xxx Hazel.

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