Good Time George display by Maggi Hambling, opens 8 November

Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool, L3, opens 8 November

This portrait celebrates one of Liverpool’s most colourful sons, George Melly.
Jazz performer, surrealist, comic, raconteur, critic and author, George could entertain, fascinate and outrage – often all at the same time. Fondly referred to as ‘Goodtime George ‘, he grew up in South Liverpool, and remained a frequent visitor to the city throughout his life, actively supporting the arts.

Maggi Hambling and George Melly were close friends. She painted and drew him from life, and posthumously.  He said she would go down in art history as “Maggi (Coffin) Hambling”, referring to her practice of drawing and painting people on their deathbeds and afterwards.