Whittle Amazes Art Gallery Visitors with Trick of the Eye! Back

Date published: November 7, 2016

Whittle Programmed Painting recently had the privilege of carrying out some detailed decorative work for heritage site Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight, Wirral.

The intricate painting restoration carried out by our Highly Decorative Team included trompe l’oeil (‘trick of the eye’) faux panels and dado rails to frame some of their treasured furniture and artwork pieces, as well as painted marble effect.

Visitors to the Gallery have struggled to tell the difference between real marble and the marble effect carried out by our decorative artists.

Any restoration work carried out to a heritage building must be carried out precisely and sensitively to honour the existing detail, and our team were able to carefully strip back the over-coatings to expose original paintwork carried out in the 1970s. To read more about this project, click here.

The benefit of using trompe l’oeil is that you can dramatically change the look of a room without having to make any permanent changes to the wall fixtures or structure – this is a huge consideration for heritage sites especially, where the aim is to preserve as much of the original character and structure of the building as possible.

Ivor Thomas of Whittle commented “we were delighted to have the opportunity to carry out such high quality work at Lady Lever Art Gallery. We first worked at the Gallery over 30 years ago and it is very pleasing that National Museums Liverpool and Purcell, their historic building advisors/architects, have continued to have such faith in our ability to complete this prestigious work in such an iconic building.”

See if you can spot our work in this new video promoting the Lady Lever Art Gallery: