On Tuesday I spent the morning at the Dental Hospital – one of the top ten ugly buildings in Liverpool. I don’t know who the architect was but I can only hope he saw the error of his ways before designing future buildings. Even multi-storey car parks usually look better than this.
After that I called in at the Walker Art Gallery.
Among my favourite paintings are ‘When did you last see your father’ by by William Frederick Yeames, 1878.
This painting of a fictional event from the English Civil War (1642 - 1646) is perhaps the most popular work in the Walker Art Gallery. It shows a Royalist house under occupation by Parliamentarians. The young boy is being interrogated as to the whereabouts of the master of the house. Behind him, a Roundhead soldier holds the boy's crying sister. To the left can be seen the children's mother, her fear and anxiety at the boy's possible answer written in her face. The work received favourable reviews when first exhibited and its fame and popularity continued to grow. It has been widely reproduced, often in history textbooks, as well as being the subject of a popular song in the 1890s, numerous political cartoons and even a waxwork tableau at Madame Tussaud's in London.
This is the Loophonium - a wonderfully eccentric musical instrument designed and created by Fritz Spiegl. It was frequently played at the annual April Fools' Concert arranged by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra between 1952 and 1977. The main body of the instrument is a euphonium while the toilet seat has been fashioned into a lyre by the addition of strings. Pressing a button by the exhibition plays a recording of the Loophonium in action.
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