Walker Art Gallery Acquires Important Watercolour: "Goodbye on the Mersey" by James Tissot

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LIVERPOOL.- The Walker Art Gallery has acquired a striking watercolour study of 19th century emigration by the French artist, James Tissot with help from the Art Fund, the UK’s national fundraising charity for works of art. Goodbye on the Mersey is a detailed observation of a middle class family saying goodbye to relatives bound for America on an imposing transatlantic liner. It was bought at auction with help from a 100% grant from the Art Fund, totalling at £58,850. In the foreground on the left two women dressed in exquisitely pleated grey coats point out their relatives to an elderly lady. On the right an older gentleman and a little girl wave enthusiastically at the ship. The grey light suggests that the time of day is sunrise, when large ships left the port to catch the tide. The vantage point is the deck of a tender or ferry, behind the central figures, making the viewer feel close to the action. From this unusual composition the