John Atkinson Grimshaw

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John Atkinson Grimshaw

140 artworks

English Aesthetic artist

Born 1836 - Died 1893

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Salthouse Dock, Liverpool

Oil on canvas

51 x 76.5 cms | 20 x 30 ins

Museum of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom

A Dead Linnet

circa 1862-1863

Oil on wood

16 x 23.7 cms | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4 ins

Leeds Museums and Galleries, Leeds, United Kingdom


'Burning Off', a Fishing Boat at Scarborough


Oil on canvas

81 x 121 cms | 31 3/4 x 47 1/2 ins

Scarborough Art Gallery, Scarborough, United Kingdom


Scarborough from the seats near The Grand Hotel


Oil on canvas

50.7 x 76 cms | 19 3/4 x 29 3/4 ins

The Custom House, Liverpool, Looking North

circa 1880-circa 1890

Oil on canvas

60.8 x 91.2 cms | 23 3/4 x 35 3/4 ins

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, United Kingdom

Tree Shadows on the Park Wall, Roundhay, Leeds


Oil on wood

52.7 x 45.1 cms | 20 1/2 x 17 3/4 ins

Leeds Museums and Galleries, Leeds, United Kingdom

A Wooded Valley

Oil on millboard

40.5 x 35.5 cms | 15 3/4 x 13 3/4 ins

The Cooper Gallery, Cambridge, United States


Moonlight and Shadow


Oil on canvas

76.2 x 63.5 cms | 30 x 25 ins

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John Atkinson Grimshaw
by Paul Ripley

Atkinson Grimshaw was born in Leeds, his father was a policeman, & he started work as a railway clerk. His parents were opposed to his taking up art as a career. Grimshaw was influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, & in his youth produced vivid, highly finished landscapes. Gradually, Grimshaw developed his own highly distinctive style, & subject matter. He became a consummate painter of twilight, night time, & autumnal scenes. Grimshaw spent holidays at Scarborough, & many of his pictures were set there, & in Whitby. He also painted nocturnal harbour & dockside pictures. He spent some time in London.

Grimshaw was, though, a Northerner, & Leeds remained his base, & his commercial success allowed him to buy Knostrop Hall on the outskirts of the city. For a short time in the mid 1880s, he did have a London Studio.It is rumoured that he was a friend of Whistler. Grimshaw’s output was much more varied than just this however. He painted portraits, interiors, fairy pictures, & most accomplished fancy pictures, of attractive gorgeously dressed young women in opulent interiors. In the early 1890s Grimshaw’s style seemed to be developing in new directions, three pictures showing this are Sand, Sea, Summer, & Fantasy of 1892, & At Anchor 1893. He seemed to be moving towards a freer, less formal style of painting, perhaps influenced to a degree by Whistler. Unhappily this change of direction was not to, be as Grimshaw died of cancer in 1893.

Source: Victorian Art in Britain.