Travel Sketchbook: Liverpool

During my days in Liverpool in August 2011 it rained all the time—in my memory I had to abandon nearly each and every outdoor sketch because of the rain picking up again. That gave me a lot of time to spend in museums, though, especially the wonderful Walker Art Gallery and the Maritime Museum. I had hitchhiked to Liverpool from Glencoe in Scotland on the day that the burning carpentry shop on Tottenham High Road was on the front page of the Guardian. By the time I was in Liverpool the rain had mostly quieted it down, but I was startled to find that both the International Slavery Museum and the Walker Art Gallery had special exhibitions on that coincided strangely with what had just happened outside—the one about the Toxteth riots of 1981, the other about art in Liverpool in the context of the general strike of 1911.

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