Thursday, 17 May 2012

Liverpool School of Art

The Art School was located at 68 Hope Street when Carol Brown, Lowry's childhood friend attended. There is no record of Lowry visiting the art school but it is not impossible to believe that during his infatuation with her during 1926 that he may have met her there. Lowry wrote to her in April 1926 asking for the address of the Art School.

The building is now vacant and awaiting redevelopment. Here is the listed status details:

Front 1910 by Willink and Thicknesse. 2 storeys, 12 bays, centre rectangular porch, rusticated, with cornice; fluted Doric columns attached to doorway. Centre 3 bays have tripartite windows and are sashed with glazing bars. Flanking 3-bay bows with pilasters. 3 bays to left. Entablature and parpaet; mansard roof with flat-topped dormers. Iron area railings. Mount Street front and 3-bay return to Hope Street. 1882 by Thomas Cook. 2 storeys with basement, 13 bays. 3-bay ends and centre bays break forward. Flat pilasters and entablatures to each floor. Ground floor round-headed windows, swags on apron panels. 1st floor end wondows are round-headed with flat-topped dormers. Centre pedimented panel with date. English Heritage

There is an interesting mural located on one of the inner walls of 68 Hope Street painted by a former student circa late 20's. The mural is believed to be Bidston Hill and shows an outing of the Art School students possibly on a painting/drawing trip. It is possible that the mural was completed during Carol Brown's time at the Art School.

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