Study for a Summer Night acquired for Walker, Liverpool

  • 6 October 2010

We've helped the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool acquire an exquisite drawing by English painter Albert Moore (1841-93). Study for a Summer Night will go on display for the first time at the Walker Art Gallery from 13 October to 10 December 2010.

The beautiful work will be reunited with both an accompanying preparatory watercolour and the final oil painting, both from the gallery’s permanent collection.

Seen together for the first time, all three give a fascinating insight into Moore’s working methods and his constant experimentation.

The drawing was the earliest in the series (1884-6), followed by the watercolour (1890) with the final oil finished and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1890.

Moore was a renowned member of the Aesthetic movement, in which artists sought to combine colour and mood in harmonious unity. Moore’s intention in A Summer Night was to "please the senses".

Stephen Deuchar, Director of the Art Fund, said: "This is a wonderfully atmospheric drawing, full of life and movement. We’re thrilled that the set of three works is now complete, and that this drawing can now be admired alongside the watercolour sketch and final painting."

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