Lady Lever Art Gallery

The Lady Lever Art Gallery is in 1922 by the British industrialist William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme opened in memory of his wife Elizabeth Leverhulme Art Museum in Liverpool, England.


Hailing from a humble William Lever was knighted in 1917 for Baron and collected 1922 Viscount. Thus his wife was entitled Lady Lever, who gives the gallery its name.

The building of the Lady Lever Art Gallery was built in 1914 in classic style, surrounded by the built in England by the famous philanthropists Lever in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral Merseyside working-class town of Port Sunlight. There Lever had the workers of his soap factories built in a socially responsible living environment for its time since 1888. Lever handed opening of the gallery, the most famous paintings of his private collection, often contemporary images, which he had bought on behalf of its efforts to improve education for some time and he wanted to share with the public.


The gallery is known for the paintings of the art of Britain's 19th century shown by it. Among these works are from among the Pre-Raphaelites, such as images by John Everett Millais. In addition, the gallery also includes images from the England of the late 18th century, such as William Turner, as well as furniture from this era and a remarkable collection of porcelain ceramics company Wedgwood .. Today in the gallery too special other eras are often shown.

The building of the gallery is a listed building ( Grade II * ) and is now a part of the National Museums Liverpool.

Exhibited Works (selection)

In the UK, and beyond, the following in the Lady Lever Art Gallery exhibited works of the 19th century are particularly well known:

  • Bubbles ( Bubble, original title: A Child's World ), John Everett Millais, 1886
  • The Scapegoat ( The Scapegoat ), William Holman Hunt, 1854-1856,
  • The Black Brunswicker, ( The Black Braunschweig ), John Everett Millais, 1860
  • Cromwell on his Farm ( Cromwell on his farm ), Ford Madox Brown, 1874