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STEVEN GERRARD in a lifesize Renaissance Caravaggio? A 5,000ft-tall "Liver Bird" towering above the Mersey within a gilded Botticelli altarpiece? Just two of the sensational works on display at Birkenhead-born Nick Hugh McCann's spectacular - and deliciously mischievous - exhibition at the Williamson Museum & Art Gallery.
The exhibition takes its title (It's All About Me, Darling) from the eponymous 8ft winged "Duchess of Birkenhead", standing astride the city, every building in Liverpool painted in exquisite detail in gold and silver.
Nick personally unveiled his 30ft Royal Courts of Justice Panorama to the Queen when Her Majesty opened the new building in the City of London, and a version is at the Williamson.
Another Windsor - Dame Barbara, of Queen Vic fame - will officially unveil Nick's Carry On cast painting in London in October. Still a work in progress, the Williamson exhibition will offer a sneak preview of his affectionate and comedic take on one of Merseyside's most famous paintings.
A graduate of the renowned Slade School of Fine Art, UCL, Nick got distracted by film and television - working on Channel 4's Brookside for its first two years - before making his own independent comedy films with the likes of Leslie Phillips, Roy Hudd and the late Brian Sewell.
This is his first exhibition of paintings and runs until September 11.
The Duchess of Birkenhead, standing astride Liverpool