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John Atkinson Grimshaw – Painter

John Atkinson Grimshaw, born on September 6-th 1836 in Leeds, was a Victorian-era artist, a remarkable and imaginative painter known for his city night-scenes and landscapes. His early paintings were signed “JAG,” “J. A. Grimshaw,” or “John Atkinson Grimshaw,” though he finally settled on “Atkinson Grimshaw.”

John Atkinson Grimshaw The Old Hall Under Moonlight large 498x398 John Atkinson Grimshaw   Painter

John Atkinson Grimshaw Golden Light large 498x335 John Atkinson Grimshaw   PainterIn 1861, at the age of 24  he left his first job as a clerk for the Great Northern Railway to become a painter. . He began exhibiting in 1862, under the patronage of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, with paintings mainly of birds, fruit, and blossoms. He became particularly successful in the 1870s and began to rent a second home in Scarborough, which also became a favourite subject.

John Atkinson Grimshaw Whitby Harbor by Moonlight large 498x428 John Atkinson Grimshaw   Painter John Atkinson Grimshaw Ghyll Beck Bridge Barden Yorkshire large 498x666 John Atkinson Grimshaw   Painter

“Grimshaw’s style and subject matter changed little during his career; he strove constantly to perfect his own very individual vision. He was interested in photography, and sometimes used a camera obscura to project outlines on to oil canvas, enabling him to repeat compositions several times. He also mixed sand and other ingredients with his paint to get the effects he wanted. Although he established no school, Grimshaw’s oil paintings were forged and imitated in his lifetime. Although his moonlit town views are his most popular works, he also painted landscapes, portraits, interiors, fairy pictures and neo-classical subjects.”

John Atkinson Grimshaw The Thames Below London Bridge large 498x337 John Atkinson Grimshaw   Painter John Atkinson Grimshaw Wharfedale large 498x336 John Atkinson Grimshaw   Painter

Several of his children, Arthur Grimshaw (1864–1913), Louis H Grimshaw (1870–1944), Wilfred Grimshaw (1871–1937) and Elaine Grimshaw (1877–1970), also became painters.

John Atkinson Grimshaw Fifty years ago large 498x621 John Atkinson Grimshaw   Painter John Atkinson Grimshaw Forge Valley Scarborough large 498x336 John Atkinson Grimshaw   Painter John Atkinson Grimshaw Snowbound large John Atkinson Grimshaw   Painter John Atkinson Grimshaw An Autumn Idyll large 498x618 John Atkinson Grimshaw   Painter John Atkinson Grimshaw Lane In Cheshire large 498x537 John Atkinson Grimshaw   Painter

(All images via johnatkinsongrimshaw.org)

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