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Painter, b. 1836 - d. 1893

Artist John Grimshaw was born in Leeds, England in 1863. Upon turning 24 he quit his job at the Great Northern Railway to pursue the life of an artist. John Grimshaw is renowned for his nocturnal landscapes and cityscapes. His urban scenes earned his reputation and garnered praise from artists like James McNeill Whistler.

However, not all his colleagues approved of his technique. Several contemporaries were disdainful of his method of painting over a photographic image projected onto a blank canvas. Nevertheless, John Atkinson Grimshaw's artwork attracted many buyers during the Victorian era, and his ethereal urban tapestries continue to captivate modern art collectors in search of John Atkinson Grimshaw's paintings for sale. View an array of acclaimed landscape paintings on offer at online at Invaluable from other talented artists.

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        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (1836-1893) Glasgow Docks 11 15/16 x 17 15/16 in (30.3 x 45.6 cm) (Painted circa 1880s)
          Dec. 14, 2023

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (1836-1893) Glasgow Docks 11 15/16 x 17 15/16 in (30.3 x 45.6 cm) (Painted circa 1880s)

          Est: $120,000 - $180,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (1836-1893) Glasgow Docks signed and inscribed 'Atkinson Grimshaw F13' (lower right); signed and inscribed again (on the reverse) oil on canvas 11 15/16 x 17 15/16 in (30.3 x 45.6 cm) Painted circa 1880s 約翰·阿特金森·格里姆肖 (1836-1893) 《格拉斯哥碼頭》 簽名並銘刻: 'Atkinson Grimshaw F13' (右下);再次簽名並銘刻 (反面) 油彩 畫布 11 15/16 x 17 15/16 英吋 ( 30.3 x 45.6 公分) 作於1880年左右

          Bonhams
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Old Chelsea oil on board 7 x 15
          Dec. 14, 2023

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Old Chelsea oil on board 7 x 15

          Est: $70,000 - $100,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Old Chelsea oil on board 7 x 15 in. (17.8 x 38.1 cm.)

          Christie's
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Glasgow docks, at twilight oil
          Dec. 14, 2023

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Glasgow docks, at twilight oil

          Est: $40,000 - $60,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Glasgow docks, at twilight oil on canvas 12 7⁄8 x 19 in. (32.7 x 48.1 cm.)

          Christie's
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) London Bridge oil on canvas 19
          Dec. 14, 2023

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) London Bridge oil on canvas 19

          Est: $120,000 - $180,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) London Bridge oil on canvas 19 7⁄8 x 30 in. (50.6 x 76.1 cm.)

          Christie's
        • John Atkinson Grimshaw
          Nov. 15, 2023

          John Atkinson Grimshaw

          Est: $200,000 - $300,000

          English, 1836-1893 The Waning Glory of the Year, 1882 Signed and dated Atkinson Grimshaw/1882 (lr); signed Atkinson Grimshaw, titled and dated on the reverse Oil on canvas 19 x 30 inches (48.3 x 76.2 cm) Provenance: Sale, Sotheby's, New York, May 7, 1998, lot 261 Sale, Christie's, London, Jun. 15, 1990, lot 131 Richard Green, London (Frame dimensions: 28 1/8 x 39 3/4 x 1 5/8 inches) Partially visible stretcher mark at top; unable to examine out of the frame (the stretcher is stapled to the frame); edged with paper-tape;

          Doyle New York
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893), GLASGOW DOCKS
          Oct. 18, 2023

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893), GLASGOW DOCKS

          Est: £50,000 - £70,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893)GLASGOW DOCKSOil on canvasSigned and dated `1887+' (lower right)58 x 88cm (22¾ x 34½ in.)Provenance:Sale, Sotheby's, London, 5th June 1996, lot 71`Over the last forty years, Atkinson Grimshaw's beautiful, evocative paintings of moonlit suburban lanes, gas-lit city streets, and docksides have emerged as some of the most popular works of the Victorian age' writes Jane Sellers in her introduction to the 2011 exhibition Atkinson Grimshaw, Painter of Moonlight. Docks scenes became one of the artists most recognisable subjects and reflect the importance of trade, empire, and industrialisation in Victorian Britian. Grimshaw turned to his subject matter in the mid-1870s, replacing his earlier Pre-Raphaelite landscapes with cityscapes painted in a Whistlerian manner. By 1885, he had moved from Leeds to London and lived and worked in Manresa Studios in Chelsea where he would have met Whistler, whose studio in Tite Street was nearby. He returned to Leeds in 1887, the year that the present picture was painted. By this time, he was represented by Agnew's, the leading art dealer of the period. His work frequently appeared in their stock books selling through their galleries in London, Manchester, and Liverpool or through their considerable connections in Glasgow. Glasgow provided more than half of Britain's shipping tonnage and a quarter of all locomotives worldwide in the 1870s, leading to it being named the Second City of the Empire. Most of Grimshaw's dock scenes have similar compositions, with a long central vista of the street, flanked on one side by shops and the other with masts and rigging. They are a masterclass in his ability to depict numerous light sources. The rich golden glow of the shop windows is reflected on the wet pavements and the figures walking by, while the soft moonlight silhouettes the ships at anchor. He repeated the same subjects on various sized canvases, the largest being to the same scale as the present picture. The most comparable example of Grimshaw's Glasgow Docks sold for £480,000, (Sale, Sotheby's London, 10th December 2014, lot 30.).

          Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
        • John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Gourock Dock, Glasgow
          Sep. 27, 2023

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Gourock Dock, Glasgow

          Est: £60,000 - £80,000

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Gourock Dock, Glasgow signed 'Atkinson Grimshaw' (lower left), signed and inscribed 'Gourock, Glasgow/AtkinsonGrimshaw' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 30.5 x 45.7cm (12 x 18in).

          Bonhams
        • John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) A moonlit lane, Roundhay
          Sep. 27, 2023

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) A moonlit lane, Roundhay

          Est: £50,000 - £70,000

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) A moonlit lane, Roundhay signed and numbered 'Atkinson Grimshaw/3072 +' (lower right) oil on board 55 x 43.5cm (21 5/8 x 17 1/8in).

          Bonhams
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) A moonlit landscape oil on boar
          Jul. 13, 2023

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) A moonlit landscape oil on boar

          Est: £70,000 - £100,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) A moonlit landscape oil on board laid down on panel 14 1/4 x 18 in. (35.8 x 45 cm.)

          Christie's
        • A moated Yorkshire home
          Jul. 06, 2023

          A moated Yorkshire home

          Est: £150,000 - £250,000

          John Atkinson Grimshaw Leeds 1836–1893 A moated Yorkshire home signed and dated lower right: Atkinson Grimshaw 1879 + oil on canvas unframed: 76 x 127 cm.; 30 x 50 in. framed: 93 x 144 cm.; 36½ x 56¾ in.

          Sotheby's
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893), TWILIGHT, THE VEGETABLE GARDEN
          Jun. 14, 2023

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893), TWILIGHT, THE VEGETABLE GARDEN

          Est: £60,000 - £80,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893)TWILIGHT, THE VEGETABLE GARDENOil on card, laid on canvasSigned and dated '1869' (lower right)38 x 53.5cm (14¾ x 21 in.)Provenance:Sale, Christie's London, 6th June 1997, lot 11Sale, Sotheby's London, 1st July, 2004, lot 308Sale, Christie's London, June 15th, 2011, lot 72A (£91,200), where purchased by the present private collectorLiterature:A. Robertson, Atkinson Grimshaw, Oxford, 1988, p.25-26, fig 16'His best work is characterised by a tender, poetic feeling: many of his canvases might well be described as poems in paint', wrote a critic at the artist's memorial exhibition in 1897. John Atkinson Grimshaw was largely self-taught and gave up his job as a railway clerk in 1861 to embark on a career as a full- time professional artist. `By 1864 he had adopted a Pre-Raphaelite style using precise handling to depict minute detail in a palette of vibrant colours that were often applied to a white ground. Like many young artists at mid-century, he was attracted to John Ruskin's notion of truth to nature as expounded in his influential book Modern Painters (1846-1860)' (A. Robertson, Pre-Raphaelite and Other Masters, The Andrew Lloyd Webber Collection, London, 2003, p.159). Twilight, The Vegetable Garden was painted in 1869 towards the end of his early Pre-Raphaelite period, the same year as one of his most celebrated early works Autumn Glory: The Old Mill (Leeds Art Gallery). Both works are rich in detail but have a more poetic atmosphere and show the artist's increasing interest in lighting effects and the golden glow of the setting sun.'Grimshaw frequently includes some element of toil both in his landscapes and townscapes, and hard work is made to seem part of an overall, natural social balance. Twilight [The Vegetable garden] is romantic because of the sense of repose which evening brings, yet it also contains a scene of labour- work in the fields, presented as part of the unchanging order. In Mary Barton Mrs Gaskell gives a townsman's view of the country: Here in their seasons may be seen the country business of haymaking, ploughing etc, which are such pleasant mysteries for townspeople to watch. This emphasis on mysteries reinforces the view that contemporaries felt alienated by their new industrial surroundings and by the disappearance of the rural way of life. Grimshaw was often to reflect on this sense of loss in his paintings.' (A. Robertson, Atkinson Grimshaw, 1988, p.25).

          Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (1836-1893) Glasgow docks, at twilight oil on canvas
          May. 25, 2023

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (1836-1893) Glasgow docks, at twilight oil on canvas

          Est: £70,000 - £100,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (1836-1893) Glasgow docks, at twilight oil on canvas 12 7/8 x 19 in. (32.7 x 48.1 cm.)

          Christie's
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (1836-1893) Corner of the Old Road, Claughton, near
          May. 25, 2023

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (1836-1893) Corner of the Old Road, Claughton, near

          Est: £30,000 - £50,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (1836-1893) Corner of the Old Road, Claughton, near Scarborough oil on panel 9 1/2 x 7 3/8 in. (24 x 18.7 cm.)

          Christie's
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (1836-1893) A lane near Chester oil on board 18 7/8
          May. 25, 2023

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (1836-1893) A lane near Chester oil on board 18 7/8

          Est: £70,000 - £100,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (1836-1893) A lane near Chester oil on board 18 7/8 x 14 1/4 in. (48 x 36.3 cm.)

          Christie's
        • John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Forge Valley by moonlight
          Mar. 29, 2023

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Forge Valley by moonlight

          Est: £40,000 - £60,000

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Forge Valley by moonlight signed and dated '1875/AtkinsonGrimshaw' (lower left) oil on board laid on panel 55.9 x 44.5cm (22 x 17 1/2in).

          Bonhams
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893), SUNDAY NIGHT KNOSTROP CUT
          Mar. 02, 2023

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893), SUNDAY NIGHT KNOSTROP CUT

          Est: £7,000 - £10,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893)SUNDAY NIGHT KNOSTROP CUT, AIRE & CALDER, LEEDSOil on canvasSigned and dated 1893 (lower right) and inscribed as titled (on the reverse)20.2 x 30.2cm (7¾ x 11¾ in.)Provenance:Barnwell Manor, Northamptonshire, Windsor House AntiquesIn the late 1860's, Grimshaw experienced a steady rise in popularity fuelled by the support of prominent local businessmen in Leeds. With his increased fortune, Grimshaw moved to Knostrop OId Hall in 1870, a Jacobean mansion just outside Leeds on the river Aire, where he would live until his death in 1893. From there, Grimshaw would depict his hometown on many occasions. Another similar composition sold at Christie's, London, 25 November 2003, lot 176.

          Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (LEEDS 1836-1893) Day Dreams
          Jan. 25, 2023

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (LEEDS 1836-1893) Day Dreams

          Est: $150,000 - $200,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (LEEDS 1836-1893) Day Dreams signed and dated 'Atkinson Grimshaw_/1877+' (center right) oil on board 12 x 24 in. (30.5 x 61 cm.) Read more

          Christie's
        • John Atkinson Grimshaw Act II Jane Shore Painting
          Jan. 08, 2023

          John Atkinson Grimshaw Act II Jane Shore Painting

          Est: $20,000 - $30,000

          GRIMSHAW, John Atkinson, (English, 1836-1893): "A Scene from Act II, Jane Shore", interior genre scene depiction of Act II from the play Jane Shore, originally commissioned by Wilson Barrett in 1876, Oil/Canvas, signed and dated lower right, 24.25" x 36.25", framed 33" x 45". Exhibited: Leeds City Art Galleries, Atkinson Grimshaw 1836-1893, 13 October - 10 November 1979, no. 67 (later travelled to Southampton Art Gallery 24 November - 29 December 1979 and Liverpool Walker Art Gallery 12 January - 9 February 1980). Harrogate, The Mercer Art Gallery, Atkinson Grimshaw, Painter of Moonlight, 16 April - 4 September 2011 (later travelled to Guildhall Art Gallery, London, 19 September 2011 - 15 January 2012). Provenance: Wilson Barrett Collection, UK; then by descent; acquired by current owner Bonhams Lot 79 March 20, 2018 London. Condition: Scattered inpaint, craquelure.

          Amero Auctions
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893)
          Dec. 16, 2022

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893)

          Est: $30,000 - $50,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893) Under Red Pike, Cumberland, 1884 oil on canvas 50.5 x 76 cm (20 x 30 in) signed and dated lower right; signed, dated and titled on verso PROVENANCE Sotheby's, London, July 12, 2007, lot 9 Acquired at the above by the present owner

          Shapiro Auctions LLC
        • Under the Harvest Moon
          Dec. 14, 2022

          Under the Harvest Moon

          Est: £15,000 - £20,000

          Property of a Lady of Title John Atkinson Grimshaw British 1836 - 1893 Under the Harvest Moon signed and numbered Atkinson Grimshaw 55 72+ lower right oil over pencil on card Unframed: 21 by 33cm., 8 by 13in. Framed: 32.5 by 44cm., 12½ by 17½in. Bid on Sotheby's

          Sotheby's
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) On the Clyde, Glasgow oil on bo
          Dec. 13, 2022

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) On the Clyde, Glasgow oil on bo

          Est: £60,000 - £100,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) On the Clyde, Glasgow oil on board 11 1/4 x 17 1/4 in. (28.6 x 43.8 cm.)

          Christie's
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Midsummer Night or Iris oil on
          Oct. 21, 2022

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Midsummer Night or Iris oil on

          Est: $150,000 - $250,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Midsummer Night or Iris oil on canvas 24 x 35 3/4 in. (61 x 91 cm.)

          Christie's
        • John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Eveleigh (Forge Valley, Scarboro)
          Sep. 21, 2022

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Eveleigh (Forge Valley, Scarboro)

          Est: £30,000 - £50,000

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Eveleigh (Forge Valley, Scarboro) signed and dated 'Atkinson Grimshaw 1876' (lower left), inscribed with title, signed and dated 'Atkinson Grimshaw 1876' (on frame backing board) oil on board 34.1 x 23.9cm (13 1/2 x 9 1/2in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) An extensive meadow landscape
          Jul. 15, 2022

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) An extensive meadow landscape

          Est: £30,000 - £50,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) An extensive meadow landscape with geese by a stream oil on card laid down on board 9 1/8 x 15 3/4 in. (23.1 x 40 cm.)

          Christie's
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Beechwood oil on card 16 x 20 1
          Jul. 15, 2022

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Beechwood oil on card 16 x 20 1

          Est: £40,000 - £60,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Beechwood oil on card 16 x 20 1/2 in. (40.6 x 52.1 cm.)

          Christie's
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Lovers in a wood watercolour, b
          Jul. 15, 2022

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Lovers in a wood watercolour, b

          Est: £30,000 - £50,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Lovers in a wood watercolour, bodycolour and gum arabic with scratching out on board 7 1/2 x 5 7/8 in. (19 x 15 cm.)

          Christie's
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Autumn Morning oil on canvas 20
          Jul. 15, 2022

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Autumn Morning oil on canvas 20

          Est: £100,000 - £150,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Autumn Morning oil on canvas 20 x 30 in. (50.8 x 76.7 cm.)

          Christie's
        • John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) A fallen greenfinch
          Jul. 06, 2022

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) A fallen greenfinch

          Est: £1,000 - £1,500

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) A fallen greenfinch signed and dated 'J.A.Grimshaw 1863' (lower left) watercolour and bodycolour 15.2 x 20.3cm (6 x 8in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • ◆ JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893) EVENING IN KNOSTROP
          May. 19, 2022

          ◆ JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893) EVENING IN KNOSTROP

          Est: £60,000 - £80,000

          ◆ JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893) EVENING IN KNOSTROP Signed and dated 1881, oil on board (34cm x 44cm (13.5in x 17.25in)) Provenance: Thos Agnew & Sons Ltd, London, No.28603 John Atkinson Grimshaw’s innovation was to apply Ruskin’s tenet of ‘truth-to-nature’ to scenes of Britain’s burgeoning industrial centres. Owing to his sensitive portrayal of the atmosphere and ‘feeling’ of urban life, he has been considered the artistic equivalent of the great Victorian novelists Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell. Lyon & Turnbull are delighted to be offering two paintings by one of the most accomplished British artists of the nineteenth century. Atkinson Grimshaw was born in Leeds in 1836. By 1860 he had left his position as a Northern Railway clerk to become a full-time painter, much to his parents’ dismay. His early artworks were generally landscapes and still lifes of fruit, flowers and birds rendered with a detailed intensity inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites. He also worked from photography, a relatively new medium, and is believed to have implemented camera obscura projections onto his canvases to refine his compositions. His career breakthrough came in 1867 when a painting of Whitby harbour at night was received to great acclaim. The urban nocturne dominated Atkinson Grimshaw’s output forthwith, as he pursued ever-more subtle and complex ways to illuminate his compositions. Contemporary urban audiences identified with his nighttime streetscapes lit by gas lamps, which effectively evoked the dynamism and isolation of the industrialised town. Atkinson Grimshaw travelled to various towns and harbours to study their architecture and imbibe their atmosphere. The locales he most frequently painted (Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Whitby, Scarborough and London) reflect the distribution of his market. In the mid-nineteenth century innovative contemporary art was generally patronised by wealthy industrialists in the north of England and Scotland. Such was the case with the Pre-Raphaelites, whose aesthetic initially proved too challenging for traditional London tastes but flourished in northern industrial centres. Atkinson Grimshaw’s market developed along similar lines, and it was not until the 1870s that London collectors began to invest in his work in earnest. By 1870 he was successful enough to rent Knostrop Hall, a seventeenth-century mansion represented in Evening in Knostrop. The Hall was built for Adam Baynes (1622-1671), the first Member of Parliament for Leeds, and its Jacobean architecture would prove an enduring inspiration which Atkinson Grimshaw would continue to paint for the rest of his life. Evening in Knostrop depicts a solitary, fashionably-dressed figure waiting at the gate to the house. The shadowy landscape under the pale sky successfully evokes the ambience of Knostrop’s grounds in twilight. Between 1885 and 1887 Atkinson Grimshaw lived in Chelsea, London near the studio of the American artist James McNeill Whistler. The pair became good friends and bonded over their shared interest in painting city living, although Whistler implemented a more impressionistic technique. Whistler would later comment ‘I thought I had invented the nocturne, until I saw Grimmy’s moonlights’.

          Lyon & Turnbull
        • ◆ JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893) GREENOCK
          May. 19, 2022

          ◆ JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893) GREENOCK

          Est: £80,000 - £120,000

          ◆ JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893) GREENOCK Signed inscribed and dated 'T.20.92', signed, inscribed and dated verso 'Quayside Greenock T.20.92', oil on canvas (31cm x 46cm (12in x 18in)) Provenance: Christie's, 20 July 1979, lot.42 £8000 where purchased by the vendor's family and thence by descent John Atkinson Grimshaw’s innovation was to apply Ruskin’s tenet of ‘truth-to-nature’ to scenes of Britain’s burgeoning industrial centres. Owing to his sensitive portrayal of the atmosphere and ‘feeling’ of urban life, he has been considered the artistic equivalent of the great Victorian novelists Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell. Lyon & Turnbull are delighted to be offering two paintings by one of the most accomplished British artists of the nineteenth century. Atkinson Grimshaw was born in Leeds in 1836. By 1860 he had left his position as a Northern Railway clerk to become a full-time painter, much to his parents’ dismay. His early artworks were generally landscapes and still lifes of fruit, flowers and birds rendered with a detailed intensity inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites. He also worked from photography, a relatively new medium, and is believed to have implemented camera obscura projections onto his canvases to refine his compositions. His career breakthrough came in 1867 when a painting of Whitby harbour at night was received to great acclaim. The urban nocturne dominated Atkinson Grimshaw’s output forthwith, as he pursued ever-more subtle and complex ways to illuminate his compositions. Contemporary urban audiences identified with his nighttime streetscapes lit by gas lamps, which effectively evoked the dynamism and isolation of the industrialised town. Atkinson Grimshaw travelled to various towns and harbours to study their architecture and imbibe their atmosphere. The locales he most frequently painted (Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Whitby, Scarborough and London) reflect the distribution of his market. In the mid-nineteenth century innovative contemporary art was generally patronised by wealthy industrialists in the north of England and Scotland. Such was the case with the Pre-Raphaelites, whose aesthetic initially proved too challenging for traditional London tastes but flourished in northern industrial centres. Atkinson Grimshaw’s market developed along similar lines, and it was not until the 1870s that London collectors began to invest in his work in earnest. By 1870 he was successful enough to rent Knostrop Hall, a seventeenth-century mansion represented in Evening in Knostrop. The Hall was built for Adam Baynes (1622-1671), the first Member of Parliament for Leeds, and its Jacobean architecture would prove an enduring inspiration which Atkinson Grimshaw would continue to paint for the rest of his life. Between 1885 and 1887 Atkinson Grimshaw lived in Chelsea, London near the studio of the American artist James McNeill Whistler. The pair became good friends and bonded over their shared interest in painting city living, although Whistler implemented a more impressionistic technique. Whistler would later comment ‘I thought I had invented the nocturne, until I saw Grimmy’s moonlights’. This Greenock scene exemplifies Atkinson Grimshaw’s mastery of ephemeral light. Greenock is situated on the River Clyde around 22 miles from Glasgow, and in the 18th and 19th centuries was a thriving and populous shipbuilding hub. Atkinson Grimshaw delineates the architecture with sharp precision, which serves as a visual counterpoint to the soft, delicate palette. While muted tones evoke the damp evening haze, points of tonal intensity draw the eye to the bustle of activity across the quayside, from the moored ships’ blinking lights, to the carriages conveying silhouetted figures, to the warm glow emanating from the row of smart shops. Greenock was painted a year before his untimely death from tuberculosis in 1893. Several of his children also became painters, including Louis Grimshaw, a son born in 1870. Louis trained under his father, and for a spell the pair painted collaboratively, with John executing the sky and landscape and Louis working on the figures. Like his father, Louis generally painted nocturnes, but he diverged by predominantly representing London. Louis’ career as an artist was relatively brief, as he gave up painting in 1905 to work as a cartographer for the Manchester Guardian, and his paintings are consequently rare.

          Lyon & Turnbull
        • John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) A Scene of Act II of 'Jane Shore', 1876
          May. 10, 2022

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) A Scene of Act II of 'Jane Shore', 1876

          Est: $30,000 - $50,000

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) A Scene of Act II of 'Jane Shore', 1876 oil on canvas signed Atkinson Grimshaw and dated (lower right) 24 x 36 inches. Provenance: Wilson Barrett Collection, England Thence by descent Sold: Bonhams, Knightsbridge, March 20, 2018, Lot 79 Acquired at the above sale by the present owner Exhibited: Leeds, England, Leeds City Art Galleries, Atkinson Grimshaw 1836-1893, October 13 - November 10, 1979, no. 67 (also travelled to Southampton Art Gallery, November 24 - December 29, 1979 and Liverpool Walker Art Gallery, January 12 - February 9, 1980) Harrogate, England, The Mercer Art Gallery, Atkinson Grimshaw, Painter of Moonlight, April 16 - September 4, 2011 (also travelled to London, Guildhall Art Gallery, September 19, 2011 - January 15, 2012) Lot note: The present lot depicts a scene from Act II of Jane Shore. Written by W.G. Wills, the play was produced at the Leeds Amphitheatre in 1875 and 1876. The parts of Henry Shore and his errant wife Jane were played by Wilson Barrett and his wife Caroline Heath. The actress, as Jane Shore, is depicted in the painting on her return home after her affair with King Edward IV, only to find that her own child has perished in her absence. The Barretts were close friends of the Grimshaws, who introduced them to many other actors. The artist and his wife frequently entertained actors at their home in Leeds, Knostrop Hall. Around the mid-1870s, Grimshaw produced aesthetic interiors featuring fashionable women at home, similar to those of artists James Tissot and Lawrence Alma-Tadema. His work also appeared in London exhibitions at the Agnew's Bond Street gallery, which further enhanced his reputation. In 1878 Barrett became the actor manager of the newly opened Grand Theatre in Leeds. In a 1917 letter to her brother-in-law, the artist's daughter Enid stated that the room set from the play had been recreated in the Barretts' own home in Beech Grove, Leeds. However, it is not clear why Grimshaw painted it, with three of his own children recently dead from diphtheria. Perhaps the artist's new interest in depicting richly appointed and elegantly furnished rooms, as well as the commission from Barrett, was an attraction. Barrett had the painting hung at the Grand Theatre for many years. Grimshaw favored experimenting with different light sources in both landscapes and interiors. Here, Jane Shore is lit by moonlight streaming through the stained glass windows, while the firelight outlines the figure of her husband and the maid. As in other paintings by the artist, the central figure is over-life size; perhaps to emphasize her importance in the scene. The result is a mysterious scene within an interior redolent of comfort and home, very much as the Grimshaws themselves tried to create in their manorial setting at Knostrop.

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        • John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) April Weather - Honister Crags
          Mar. 30, 2022

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) April Weather - Honister Crags

          Est: £10,000 - £15,000

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) April Weather - Honister Crags signed 'JAtkinson Grimshaw' (lower right), signed, inscribed and dated 'April Weather Honister Crags Atkinson Grimshaw 1868' (on the stretcher) oil on canvas 91.5 x 71cm (36 x 28in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

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        • John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Glasgow docks after rain
          Mar. 30, 2022

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Glasgow docks after rain

          Est: £100,000 - £150,000

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Glasgow docks after rain signed and inscribed 'Atkinson Grimshaw' (lower left), signed and inscribed 'Glasgow/Atkinson Grimshaw' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 31 x 46cm (12 1/4 x 18 1/8in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) In the Autumn's Waning Glow
          Mar. 30, 2022

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) In the Autumn's Waning Glow

          Est: £150,000 - £200,000

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) In the Autumn's Waning Glow signed 'Atkinson Grimshaw' (lower left), inscribed with title (on the stretcher) oil on canvas 30 x 45.5cm (11 3/4 x 18in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • Attr. John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893)
          Feb. 27, 2022

          Attr. John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893)

          Est: $5,000 - $7,000

          Attributed John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836 - 1893) Street scene painting. Bearing signature lower right. Oil on Canvas. Sight Size: 24 x 20 in. Overall Framed Size: 32 x 27 in.

          Helmuth Stone
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Looking towards Wasdale, the La
          Dec. 16, 2021

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Looking towards Wasdale, the La

          Est: £100,000 - £150,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Looking towards Wasdale, the Lake District oil on canvas 20 x 30 in. (50.8 x 76.2 cm.)

          Christie's
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) The cradle-song oil on board 12
          Dec. 16, 2021

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) The cradle-song oil on board 12

          Est: £15,000 - £25,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) The cradle-song oil on board 12 x 21 in. (30.5 x 53.4 cm.)

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        • John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) A Moonlit Street signed and d
          Oct. 13, 2021

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) A Moonlit Street signed and d

          Est: $150,000 - $250,000

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) A Moonlit Street signed and dated 'Atkinson Grimshaw 1880+' (lower right) oil on board on panel 22 x 17 5/8 in. (55.9 x 44.8 cm.)

          Christie's
        • John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Greenock
          Sep. 22, 2021

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Greenock

          Est: £180,000 - £220,000

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Greenock signed and dated 'AtkinsonGrimshaw 1882 +' (lower right) oil on canvas 51 x 76.5cm (20 1/16 x 30 1/8in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • In the manner of John Atkinson Grimshaw, British (1836-1893), City at Dusk, oil on board, 10 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (26.7 x 47 cm)(unframed)
          Jul. 30, 2021

          In the manner of John Atkinson Grimshaw, British (1836-1893), City at Dusk, oil on board, 10 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (26.7 x 47 cm)(unframed)

          Est: $200 - $300

          In the manner of John Atkinson Grimshaw British (1836-1893) city at dusk oil on board signed and dated 1878 10 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (26.7 x 47 cm)(unframed) Other Notes: Packing imprints noted to surface.

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        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893), A SHEPHERD DRIVING HIS FLOCK; A VIEW THROUGH THE TREESO
          Jul. 21, 2021

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893), A SHEPHERD DRIVING HIS FLOCK; A VIEW THROUGH THE TREESO

          Est: £7,000 - £10,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH 1836-1893)A SHEPHERD DRIVING HIS FLOCK; A VIEW THROUGH THE TREESPencil and watercolour heightened with bodycolour and with scratching out Each signed and dated 1870 (lower right)15.5 x 11cm (6 x 4¼ in.)Provenance:Sale, Christie's, London, 14th May 1985, lot 116aTrinity House, London/New YorkSale, Bonhams, London, 22 January 2014, 19th Century, European, Victorian and British Impressionist Art, lot 87

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        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) - Near Lake Windermere, Cumbria
          Jul. 15, 2021

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) - Near Lake Windermere, Cumbria

          Est: £60,000 - £80,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Near Lake Windermere, Cumbria oil on board 15 ½ x 20 in. (39.4 x 50.8 cm.)

          Christie's
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) - Late Autumn on the Esk
          Jul. 15, 2021

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) - Late Autumn on the Esk

          Est: £100,000 - £150,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) Late Autumn on the Esk oil on canvas 32 ¾ x 48 in. (83.2 x 122 cm.)

          Christie's
        • JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) - The cradle-song
          Jul. 15, 2021

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) - The cradle-song

          Est: £30,000 - £50,000

          JOHN ATKINSON GRIMSHAW (BRITISH, 1836-1893) The cradle-song oil on board 12 x 21 in. (30.5 x 53.4 cm.)

          Christie's
        • Nelson Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893)- school
          Jul. 07, 2021

          Nelson Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893)- school

          Est: €100 - €200

          Nelson Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893)- school, port scene with ships and coaches , oil on wooden panel,framed. 20X25 cm

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        • John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Greenock Shipping
          Mar. 31, 2021

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Greenock Shipping

          Est: £150,000 - £200,000

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Greenock Shipping signed and dated 'Atkinson Grimshaw 1881+' (lower right) oil on canvas 50.75 x 76.25cm (20 x 30in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Scarborough from the seats near The Grand Hotel
          Mar. 31, 2021

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Scarborough from the seats near The Grand Hotel

          Est: £80,000 - £120,000

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (British, 1836-1893) Scarborough from the seats near The Grand Hotel signed and dated 'Atkinson Grimshaw. 1879' (lower left), inscribed 'Scarboro' from seats near Grand Hotel/Atkinson Grimshaw 1878 +' on reverse oil on canvas 50.7 x 76cm (19 15/16 x 29 15/16in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

          Bonhams
        • John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893) British, A view of Liverpool docks at night, oil on board, signed 'Atkinson
          Feb. 17, 2021

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893) British, A view of Liverpool docks at night, oil on board, signed 'Atkinson

          Est: £20,000 - £30,000

          John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-1893) British, A view of Liverpool docks at night, oil on board, signed 'Atkinson Grimshaw ', dated '1892', 12" x 15.75", in a Watts frame.

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