The Liver Sketching Club was founded on 11 May 1872 - initially as the Liverpool Amateur Sketching Club. In 1874, its name was changed to its present one as dropping the word 'Amateur' paved the way for professional artists to become members.

The club was founded by Samuel Burkinshaw, the Art Master at Liverpool College  and ten of his students - Joseph Hetherington, Johnathon Viner Garrett Loney, James Towers, Robert L Farmer, George M Richardson, John C Halfpenny, Albert Sutcliffe, J G Owens, John Skirrow and J B Brew.


The meeting at which the club was founded was held in the Committee Room at St Augustine's School in Salisbury Street where members initially met. Since then, it has been based at various locations around Liverpool - The Palatine, Cable Street [1875]; Pool Buildings, South Castle Street [1878]; 22 Williamson Street [1879]; Cuthbert’s Buildings, Clayton Square [1880]; 11 Dale Street [1890]; Bluecoat Chambers [1973]; 36 Seel Street [1993] and, since 2004, in Gostins Building, Hanover Street.


Dale Street studio, 1895


The Liver Sketching Club has now been continuously active in Liverpool for more than 143 years and is busier than ever with about 90 members attending one or more of over 30 regular meetings each month - almost all of them working from the live model. The club regularly exhibits at various external venues as well as its own gallery next to the studio and holds an Open Night each year in May. It has an extensive library, a significant archive and a collection of work by past members.

If you have any information about the club or its past members, could you please contact David Brown

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